skiv·​vy | \ ˈski-vē How to pronounce skivvy (audio) \
plural skivvies

Definition of skivvy

: a female domestic servant

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Wilmington: The air temperature was hanging around freezing when 130 people stepped out of the The Queen Wilmington over the weekend for the second annual Cupid’s Undie Run, most only in their skivvies. USA TODAY, "Tombstone gunfight, sparkler spoiler, no superbloom: News from around our 50 states," 18 Feb. 2020 Participants will be stripping down to their skivvies (some opt for tutus, swimwear or superhero costumes) and making a quick 1-mile run around downtown Detroit to raise money to fund research about neurofibromatosis, a genetic tumor disorder. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Top 10: Winter Blast, Dirty Show, King Princess, Dirty Honey, Astronomicon," 5 Feb. 2020 And so, while the central banks indeed may be dressed only in their skivvies, Trump is pushing an agenda that could backfire drastically on the economy. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Bully, Berate, Manipulate: 3 Ways Trump is Attempting to Steer the Fed to Lower Interest Rates," 9 Aug. 2019 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,, "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

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First Known Use of skivvy

circa 1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skivvy

origin unknown

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The first known use of skivvy was circa 1902

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“Skivvy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of skivvy

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

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