gar·​vey ˈgär-vē How to pronounce garvey (audio)
plural garveys
: a small scow especially of the New Jersey coast

Examples of garvey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, 2 June 2018

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Word History


probably from the name Garvey

First Known Use

circa 1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of garvey was circa 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Garvey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Gar·​vey ˈgär-vē How to pronounce Garvey (audio)
Marcus Moziah 1887–1940 Jamaican-born Black leader

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