\ ˈslīv \

Definition of slive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

dialectal, chiefly England
: to slice off or cut through
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slove\ ˈslōv \; slived; sliving; slives

Definition of slive (Entry 2 of 2)

dialectal, chiefly England
: to move furtively : sidle

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History and Etymology for slive

Transitive verb

Middle English sliven, from (assumed) Old English slīfan (whence tōslīfan to split); probably akin to Old English slītan to tear apart

Intransitive verb

obsolete slive to cause to slip, slip (clothes) on, to slip away, from Middle English sliven, alteration of sleven, from Old English slēfan to slip (clothes) on

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“Slive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slive. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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