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shiv

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noun Slang.

a knife, especially a switchblade.

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bayonet, dagger, blade, sword, skewer, machete, sickle, cutter, scalpel, lance, steel, shank, point, edge, cutlass, sabre, switchblade, scythe, bolo, stiletto

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shitten, shittim, shittim wood, shitty, shiur, shiv, shiva, shiva-shakti, shivah, shivah asar betammuz, shivaree

Origin of shiv

1665–75; perhaps alteration of chiv blade < Romany
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British Dictionary definitions for shiv

shiv

/ (ʃɪv) /

noun

a variant spelling of chiv
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for shiv

shiv


n.

"a razor," 1915, variant of chive, thieves' cant word for "knife" (1670s), of unknown origin.

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