spiv

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noun \ˈspiv\

Definition of spiv

  1. 1 British :  a man who lives by his wits without regular employment

  2. 2 British :  slacker 1

spivvy

play \ˈspi-vē\ adjective British

Origin and Etymology of spiv

alteration of English dialect spiff flashy dresser, from spiff dandified


First Known Use: circa 1934


SPIV Defined for English Language Learners

spiv

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noun \ˈspiv\

Definition of spiv for English Language Learners

  • : a man who makes money dishonestly


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