garvey

noun
gar·​vey | \ ˈgär-vē How to pronounce garvey (audio) \
plural garveys

Definition of garvey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small scow especially of the New Jersey coast

Garvey

biographical name
Gar·​vey | \ ˈgär-vē How to pronounce Garvey (audio) \

Definition of Garvey (Entry 2 of 2)

Marcus Moziah 1887–1940 Jamaican-born black leader

Examples of garvey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Jawn — a slang word particular to Philadelphia that functions as a pronoun for pretty much anything — is a garvey, a type of work boat. Cassie Owens, Philly.com, "This motorboat, the Jawn, is the handiwork of Philly teens," 2 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'garvey.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of garvey

Noun

circa 1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garvey

Noun

probably from the name Garvey

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about garvey

Time Traveler for garvey

Time Traveler

The first known use of garvey was circa 1896

See more words from the same year

Statistics for garvey

Cite this Entry

“Garvey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garvey. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on garvey

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for garvey

Comments on garvey

What made you want to look up garvey? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!