chav

or chavs

[chav]

What does chav mean?

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Oi, mate, you askin' 'bout chavs? Chavs is a UK derogatory slang word for a young hooligan who wears designer clothes and start fights, usually seen as lower class.

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Examples of chav

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Examples of chav
why do chavs stare at you then when you stare back they're like 'fuck you staring at bruv???' IDIOTS
@harryseaton, July, 2014
A vice-chairman of the Conservative Party said that the police should use water cannon to play “splat the chav” during the London riots, it emerged yesterday.
Henry Zeffman, The Times, January, 2018
Why do chavs still blast Love The Way You Lie by Eminem ft Rihanna out of their shitty blue cars. Like, it’s been 8 years, move on
@LivMcAllister, July, 2018

Where does chav come from?

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Chav appears to come from chavi, the word for “child” in Romany English. While reported in northeast England in the early 1990s, one early written use of chav was on the Usenet group uk.local.kent in 1998, where a user posted: “Traveling from Maidstone to Chatham every day was bad enough. I was born in Brompton so am I a Chav or what?”

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In 2002, chavs appeared in an article in the British Observer, where it was used to refer to girls from Chatham, a town in Kent in South East England, who wore fancy jewelry and were viewed as sexually promiscuous. Due to the link to Chatham, some wrongly claimed chav comes from Chatham average.

Chav spread in the UK in the early 2000s to stereotype a kind of youth, especially males, who wear label sportswear and act in a brash, confrontational manner. The slang wigger is something of an American equivalent, as is ned in Scotland or scanger in Ireland.

In 2004, Oxford Dictionaries named chav their first ever Word of the Year, thrusting it into a greater spotlight.

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Chav is controversial, though, as it comes with pejorative class associations and helps fuel class divisions. The slang typically targets lower-class people in the UK. Some characterized the 2011 England riots as an attack by chavs on decent society. Blogs and websites such Chavtowns and iLiveHere “chronicle” poorer neighborhoods that are supposedly home to chavs.

Who uses chav?

Chavs is commonly used by certain residents of the UK to complain about so-called chavs and their petty-criminal or drunken behavior, often during association football matches.

Sometimes, the female chavette is also said to cause problems.

Nobody likes a hooligan, but be mindful that chavs is considered derogatory, loaded with classism.

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