- 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
- (tr) to shave or remove the surface of (leather)
- (when intr, often foll by off) British informal to evade (work or responsibility)
Word Origin and History for skive
"split or cut into strips, pare off, grind away," 1825, of Scandinavian origin, cf. Old Norse skifa "to cut, split," from Proto-Germanic *skif-, from Proto-Indo-European *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Related: Skived; skiving.
"evade duty," usually with off, 1919, probably from earlier sense "move lightly and quickly, dart" (1854), of unknown origin. Related: Skived; skiving.