noun Etymology: alteration of chiv, of unknown origin Date: 1915 slang knife

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Shiv — Un shiv (mot d origine roumaine : chiv) est un terme d argot (américain) désignant tout objet tranchant ou pointu utilisé comme un couteau. Les couteaux et poignards sont eux mêmes compris dans la famille des shiv . En pratique, ce terme est …   Wikipédia en Français

  • shiv — [shiv] n. [earlier chiv, prob. < Romany chiv, blade] Slang a knife, esp. one used as a weapon …   English World dictionary

  • shiv — /shiv/, n. Slang. a knife, esp. a switchblade. [1665 75; perh. alter. of chiv blade < Romany] * * * …   Universalium

  • shiv — a razor, 1915, variant of chive, thieves cant word for knife (1670s), of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • shiv — di·shiv·er; shiv·er·eens; shiv·er·er; shiv·er·ing·ly; shiv·er·some; shiv·wits; shiv; shiv·a·ree; shiv·er; shiv·ery; shiv·ey; …   English syllables

  • Shiv — The word Shiv or shiv may refer to: *Shiva, a Hindu god, and sometimes used as a Hindu man s name *Shiv (weapon), a type of sharp weapon *A fictional location in Magic: The Gathering, see Dominaria *Shiv, the woody waste material from flax and… …   Wikipedia

  • shiv — AND chiv [Jiv] 1. n. a knife. (Underworld.) □ Swiftly and silently his shiv found its way up under Rocko’s ribs. All for a silly dame. □ I could tell from the way his cuff broke that there was a chiv strapped to his leg. 2. tv. to stab someone.… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • shiv — 1. noun A knife. Usually associated with a makeshift instrument fashioned from something not normally used as a weapon (like a plastic spoon or a toothbrush). 2. verb a) To stab someone with a shiv. b) By extension, to stab someone with anything… …   Wiktionary

  • shiv — n A knife. If you are popular, why do you think you have to keep a shiv in your pocket all the time? 1920s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • shiv — n a knife. An alternative rendering of chiv, a Romany word used in British underworld and low life milieus since the 17th century. In the 20th century the word was used (also in the USA) to mean any bladed weapon, including homemade knives and… …   Contemporary slang

  • shiv — /ʃɪv/ (say shiv) noun British Colloquial a knife. {alteration of chiv blade, from Romani} …   Australian English dictionary

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