skive

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verb, transitive + intransitive \ ˈskīv \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of skive

British, informal
skives; skived; skiving
:to avoid work or school by staying away or by leaving without permission
  • … 71 per cent said rewards for good ideas and punctuality would make them work harder and not skive
  • South Wales Evening Post
  • Tam is 15 and he's skiving school.
  • —Julie Mccaffrey
often used with off
  • I once worked in a hospital garden where my workmate skived off every day with "backache" and disappeared to work on his car at home.
  • —Louis De Bernières

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 and Etymology of skive

probably borrowed from French esquiver "to dodge, sidestep, evade," in part borrowed from Spanish esquivar, derivative of esquivo "unsociable, shy" (earlier also "sinister, evil"), perhaps borrowed from Gothic *skiuh-, going back to Germanic *skeuh-a-; in part borrowed from Italian schivare "to avoid, shun," borrowed from Old French eschuir, eschiver — more at 1shy, eschew


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skive

verb

Definition of skive

skived; skiving
transitive verb
:to cut off (a material, such as leather or rubber) in thin layers or pieces :pare

Origin and Etymology of skive

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


SKIVE Defined for English Language Learners

skive

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Definition of skive for English Language Learners

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


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