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Sunday, April 01, 2018

Definitions for shavie

  1. Scot. a trick or prank.

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Citations for shavie
But urchin Cupid shot a shaft / That play'd a dame a shavie ... Robert Burns, "The Jolly Beggars," 1785
‘Twas then that Love played him a shavie, / And strak his dart in donsie Davie. William Nicholson, "The Country Lass," Tales in Verse and Miscellaneous Poems: Descriptive of Rural Life and Manners, 1814
Origin of shavie
1760-1770
Shavie is a rare word used in Scottish poetry, first appearing in English in the 18th century and current for just a little more than a century after that.