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


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,, "This motorboat, the Jawn, is the handiwork of Philly teens," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of garvey


circa 1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garvey


probably from the name Garvey

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“Garvey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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