or sciv·vy

[ skiv-ee ]
/ ˈskɪv i /

noun, plural skiv·vies. Informal.

Also called skivvy shirt. a man's cotton T-shirt.
skivvies, underwear consisting of cotton T-shirt and shorts.
a thin sweater with a round neck, usually worn over a blouse, turtleneck, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. skittle out,
  2. skittles,
  3. skive,
  4. skiver,
  5. skivvies,
  6. skiwear,
  7. sklent,
  8. skoal,
  9. skobelev,
  10. skodaic resonance

Origin of skivvy

First recorded in 1925–30; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scivvy

  • "I knew she was merely a Scivvy," remarked Taunton, when this happened.

    Over Here|Hector MacQuarrie

British Dictionary definitions for scivvy


/ (ˈskɪvɪ) /

noun plural -vies

mainly British often derogatory a servant, esp a female, who does menial work of all kinds; drudge

verb -vies, -vying or -vied

(intr) British to work as a skivvy

Word Origin for skivvy

C20: of unknown origin


/ (ˈskɪvɪ) /

noun plural -vies

slang, mainly US a man's T-shirt or vest
(plural) slang, mainly US men's underwear
Australian and NZ a garment resembling a sweater with long sleeves and a polo neck, usually made of stretch cotton or cotton and polyester and worn by either sex

Word Origin for skivvy

of unknown origin

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