British slang, disparaging
: a young person in Britain of a type stereotypically known for engaging in aggressively loutish behavior especially when in groups and for wearing flashy jewelry and athletic casual clothing (such as tracksuits and baseball caps)
- Like Eminem, Lady Sovereign is a poster child for the white lower-middle class. She's what's known in the London press as a “chav”: a thieving, pot-smoking, gaudy-jewelry-wearing, white city kid with no ambition.
- —Martin Edlund, New York Sun, 12 July 2005
- Chavs take a lot of explaining, but stereotypical adjectives are: binge-drinking, bling-loving, boob-displaying, Burberry-wearing.
- —Vogue, April 2006
- “Chav”—the champion buzzword of 2004 in Britain, according to one language maven there—refers to something between a subculture and a social class. … the unofficial definition sounds rather condescending or even cruel: a clueless suburbanite with appalling taste and a tendency toward track suits and loud jewelry.
- —Rob Walker, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2005
“She looked too chavvy and cheap on the first day of auditions,” a source tells the Sun. “They want her to have a designer look with chic class—more Posh Spice than Vicky Pollard in Little Britain, which is how she has looked more than a few times.”
—Marina Hyde, The Guardian (London), 7 June 2013
They might look like those white chavvy high-tops sold for 20 quid in discount sports stores. However, the shoes in question are made from the skins of exotic animals.
—Roxanne Sorooshian, Sunday Herald, 3 Mar. 2013