- a sliver or fragment; splinter.
- a thin plug, as of wood or cork, for stopping the bunghole of a cask or the mouth of a bottle.
Origin of shive1
- a splinter or fragment of the husk of flax, hemp, etc.
Origin of shive2
Related Words for shiveplug, spike, stopper, stop, float, seal, close, phellem, bobber, oak, stopple, shive
Examples from the Web for shive
Historical Examples of shive
Pray you, sit down with us, Mr Ferris,” said she; “we shall not lack a shive for you.Robin Tremayne
Emily Sarah Holt
- a flat cork or bung for wide-mouthed bottles
- an archaic word for slice
Word Origin for shive
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."