skivvy

noun
skiv·vy | \ˈski-vē \
plural skivvies

Definition of skivvy 

British

: a female domestic servant

Examples of skivvy in a Sentence

I'm tired of being treated like a skivvy. the pop star's image as a working-class hero strains credulity now that he owns a large estate with an army of cooks, butlers, and skivvies to attend to his every want

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The Fringe Factor: Reinemer disrobes during a police chase to his skivvies (and many other times) during this show that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Review: Becoming Magic Mike - Fringe 2018," 18 May 2018 Compression straps and mesh pockets keep toiletries and other small items secure, and a waterproof divider pocket is useful for damp bathing suits and yesterday’s skivvies. Outside Online, "The Best Luggage of 2018," 15 May 2018 In my experience, the most challenging pair of skivvies to stock is the everyday panty. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "We Tried 101 Pairs of ‘Everyday’ Women’s Underwear—Here Are the Best," 19 Apr. 2018 These scientifically sound skivvies tend to come, naturally, with high price tags. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Best Men’s Underwear for Your Budget: We Tested 45 Kinds," 6 Mar. 2018 Nice to know someone’s sustaining the satiny-skivvies industry. Carolyn Hax, idahostatesman, "Boyfriend wears ladies’ lingerie and friend is freaked out | Idaho Statesman," 7 Feb. 2018 And, of course, stripping down to your skivvies in front of 10 million people watching you prance around in towering heels on TV. Jessica Pels, Marie Claire, "What It Feels Like to Walk Your First Victoria's Secret Show, According to Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid," 10 Nov. 2015 The message of the play’s title is delivered late in the production when all five strip down to their skivvies to exhibit their mostly plus-size physiques. Tom Titus, Daily Pilot, "Comedy at Costa Mesa Playhouse touches on plight of undocumented women," 8 Sep. 2017 The trunks are less, well, less—the running trend in men's skivvies today—and more of a nod to the underwear classic in it's purest form. GQ, "The 16 Best New Menswear Brands to Buy Right Now," 2 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of skivvy

circa 1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skivvy

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sklim

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skivvy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of skivvy

: a female servant who does work that is dirty and unpleasant

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