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transitive verb

dialectal, chiefly England
: to slice off or cut through


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intransitive verb

; slived; sliving; slives
dialectal, chiefly England
: to move furtively : sidle

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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