skivvy

1

or sciv·vy

[skiv-ee]
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noun, plural skiv·vies. Informal.

Also called skivvy shirt. a man's cotton T-shirt.
skivvies, underwear consisting of cotton T-shirt and shorts.
a thin sweater with a round neck, usually worn over a blouse, turtleneck, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. skittle out,
  2. skittles,
  3. skive,
  4. skiver,
  5. skivvies,
  6. skiwear,
  7. sklent,
  8. skoal,
  9. skobelev,
  10. skodaic resonance

Origin of skivvy

1
First recorded in 1925–30; origin uncertain

skivvy

2
[skiv-ee]British Disparaging.

noun, plural skiv·vies.

a female servant, especially a chambermaid.

verb (used without object), skiv·vied, skiv·vy·ing.

to work as a skivvy.

Origin of skivvy

2
First recorded in 1910–15; origin uncertain

Usage note

This term is used with disparaging intent, implying the low rank of such a servant.

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British Dictionary definitions for skivvies

skivvy

1

noun plural -vies

mainly British often derogatory a servant, esp a female, who does menial work of all kinds; drudge

verb -vies, -vying or -vied

(intr) British to work as a skivvy

Word Origin for skivvy

C20: of unknown origin

skivvy

2

noun plural -vies

slang, mainly US a man's T-shirt or vest
(plural) slang, mainly US men's underwear
Australian and NZ a garment resembling a sweater with long sleeves and a polo neck, usually made of stretch cotton or cotton and polyester and worn by either sex

Word Origin for skivvy

of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for skivvies

skivvies

n.

"underwear," 1932, nautical slang, of unknown origin. An earlier skivvy/skivey was London slang for "female domestic servant" (1902).

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