spiv

noun
\ ˈspiv How to pronounce spiv (audio) \

Definition of spiv

1 British : a man who lives by his wits without regular employment
2 British : slacker sense 1

Other Words from spiv

spivvy \ ˈspi-​vē How to pronounce spiv (audio) \ adjective, British

First Known Use of spiv

circa 1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spiv

alteration of English dialect spiff flashy dresser, from spiff dandified

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“Spiv.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiv. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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