follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

chive

[chahyv] /tʃaɪv/
noun
1.
a small bulbous plant, Allium schoenoprasum, related to the leek and onion, having long, slender leaves that are used as a seasoning.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English cive < Anglo-French chive, Old French civeLatin caepa onion
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for chive
  • He considered with similar reflection the onion bagel smeared with chive cream cheese.
  • Spoon into the shells and top with a crossed sprig of chives or a chive flower.
British Dictionary definitions for chive

chive

/tʃaɪv/
noun
1.
a small Eurasian purple-flowered alliaceous plant, Allium schoenoprasum, whose long slender hollow leaves are used in cooking to flavour soups, stews, etc Also called chives
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cive, ultimately from Latin caepa onion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for chive
n.

c.1400, from Old North French chive (Old French, Modern French cive, 13c.), from Latin cepa "onion" (see onion).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for chive

chiv

Related Terms

shiv


shiv

noun
  1. A knife, esp a clasp knife or similar weapon: She gets this anonymous letter sticking the shiv in my back/ The big knife called the chib
  2. A razor; anything with a sharp cutting edge
verb

: being shivved by Johnny Mizzoo

[1912+; fr Romany chiv, ''blade,'' by way of British underworld slang]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for chive

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for chive

13
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for chive