[ skahyv ]
/ skaɪv /

verb (used with object), skived, skiv·ing.

to split or cut, as leather, into layers or slices.
to shave, as hides.
to finish the turning of (a metal object) by feeding a tool against it tangentially.

Origin of skive

1815–25; perhaps < Old Norse skīfa slice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for skive (1 of 2)

/ (skaɪv) /


(tr) to shave or remove the surface of (leather)

Word Origin for skive

C19: from Old Norse skifa; related to English dialect shive a slice of bread

British Dictionary definitions for skive (2 of 2)

/ (skaɪv) /


(when intr, often foll by off) British informal to evade (work or responsibility)

Word Origin for skive

C20: of unknown origin
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