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

Origin of skiver

First recorded in 1790–1800; skive + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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




the tanned outer layer split from a skin
a person, tool, or machine that skives




British slang a person who persistently avoids work or responsibility
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