Skiver Skiv"er, n. [Cf. {Skewer}, {Shiver} a fragment.] 1. An inferior quality of leather, made of split sheepskin, tanned by immersion in sumac, and dyed. It is used for hat linings, pocketbooks, bookbinding, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. The cutting tool or machine used in splitting leather or skins, as sheepskins. [1913 Webster]

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  • skiver — [skī′vər] n. 1. a soft, thin leather made from the outer half of split sheepskin and used for bookbindings, hat linings, etc. 2. a person who skives leather 3. a tool used in skiving leather …   English World dictionary

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  • skiver — skive UK US /skaɪv/ verb [I] (also skive off) UK INFORMAL WORKPLACE ► to do something else when you should be working: » We realized that we could skive without the management noticing. »He was always skiving off and going to the cinema. skiver… …   Financial and business terms

  • skiver — skive Brit. informal ► VERB ▪ avoid work or a duty; shirk. ► NOUN ▪ an instance of shirking. DERIVATIVES skiver noun. ORIGIN perhaps from French esquiver slink away …   English terms dictionary

  • skiver — noun Date: 1800 1. a thin soft leather made of the grain side of a split sheepskin, usually tanned in sumac and dyed 2. one that skives something (as leather) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • skiver — /skuy veuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that skives. 2. a thin, soft leather made from sheepskin, used for hat linings and book bindings. [1790 1800; SKIVE + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • skiver — noun a) One who uses a skive (or skives) b) A slacker …   Wiktionary

  • skiver — I Everyday English Slang in Ireland n someone who avoids work II Scottish Vernacular Dictionary one who skives …   English dialects glossary

  • skiver — n. thin leather skin (used for bookbinding); one who cuts off in thin slices, one who pares …   English contemporary dictionary

  • skiver — Noun. A shirker, one who evades doing their work or duties …   English slang and colloquialisms

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