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  1. a person or thing that skives.
  2. a thin, soft leather made from sheepskin, used for hat linings and book bindings.
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Origin of skiver

First recorded in 1790–1800; skive + -er1
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Related Words for skiver

bayonet, dagger, blade, sword, skewer, machete, sickle, cutter, scalpel, prick, transfix, lance, steel, shank, point, edge, cutlass, sabre, switchblade, scythe

Examples from the Web for skiver

Historical Examples of skiver

  • Skiver is the outside of a sheepskin which has been split, the inner side being known as the flesher.

    Library Bookbinding

    Arthur Low Bailey

  • Kin I skiver er humans clean clar ercross de dissart, und retch back ter de eend o' de yeth, wid dese wun-eyed specks?

    The Broken Sword

    Dennison Worthington

  • You don't mean to say that they skiver over such fences on purpose?

  • Bone and shell in small amounts were found here, and among them the skiver shown at d in plate 36.

  • Cherries are made in the same manner as grapes, and the stalk neatly covered with skiver leather.

British Dictionary definitions for skiver


  1. the tanned outer layer split from a skin
  2. a person, tool, or machine that skives
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  1. British slang a person who persistently avoids work or responsibility
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