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chav

[chav] /tʃæv/
noun, Chiefly British Slang: Disparaging and Offensive
1.
a person who wears fashionable brands, flashy jewelry, etc., but is regarded as having bad or lower-class taste.
Origin
1995-2000
1995-2000; perhaps < Romany chavo ‘boy, youth’ or chavi ‘baby, child’
Related forms
chavish, chavvy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chavish

chav

/tʃæv/
noun
1.
(Southern English, informal, derogatory) a young working-class person whose tastes, although sometimes expensive, are considered vulgar by some
Derived Forms
chavish, adjective
Word Origin
perhaps from Romany chavi a child
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Contemporary definitions for chavish
noun

the lower class; uneducated and ignorant people

Word Origin

perh. Romany chav child

Usage Note

derogatory slang

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Word Origin and History for chavish

chav

n.

British slang, "antisocial youth," by 2004, of unknown origin.

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