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  1. a sliver or fragment; splinter.
  2. a thin plug, as of wood or cork, for stopping the bunghole of a cask or the mouth of a bottle.
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Origin of shive1

1175–1225; Middle English; cognate with German Scheibe, Old Norse skīfa; akin to sheave2


[shiv, shahyv]
  1. a splinter or fragment of the husk of flax, hemp, etc.
  2. boon3.
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Origin of shive2

1475–85; earlier scyfe; cognate with dialectal Dutch schif, Middle Dutch scheve, German Schebe; akin to shiver2
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  • Pray you, sit down with us, Mr Ferris,” said she; “we shall not lack a shive for you.

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    Emily Sarah Holt

British Dictionary definitions for shive


  1. a flat cork or bung for wide-mouthed bottles
  2. an archaic word for slice
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Word Origin

C13: from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German schīve; see sheave 1
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Word Origin and History for shive


early 13c., "slice of bread; thin piece cut off," perhaps from an unrecorded Old English *scifa, cognate with Old Saxon sciva, Middle Dutch schive, Dutch schijf, Old High German sciba, German Scheibe; see skive (v.1). From 1869 as "thin, flat cork for a bottle."

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