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skive

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transitive verb \ˈskīv\

Simple Definition of skive

  • : to avoid school or work by staying away or by leaving without permission

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of skive

skivedskiving

  1. :  to cut off (as leather or rubber) in thin layers or pieces :  pare

Examples of skive in a sentence

  1. He works for his mother and feels he can skive off whenever he feels like it.

  2. She skived off school twice last month.



Origin of skive

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skīfa to slice


First Known Use: circa 1825

Rhymes with skive


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