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noun Slang.
  1. a knife, especially a switchblade.
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Origin of shiv

1665–75; perhaps alteration of chiv blade < Romany
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  1. a variant spelling of chiv
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Word Origin and History for shiv


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

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