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[dev] /dɛv/ Informal.
a software developer: a game dev;
a web dev.
software development:
The programmers and animators on the dev team worked late into the night.
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  • Well, there we sit and write in our dream books, and Uncle Roger passes by and accuses us of being up to dev—to very bad mischief.

    The Story Girl Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • "As giddy as the dev—that is, as giddy as a goose," said Jonathan.

    Sheppard Lee, Vol. II (of 2) Robert Montgomery Bird
  • Good school in the neighbourhood; cheap country: dev'lish nice place for East India Colonels, or families wanting to retire.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • They should always be pronounced gard'n and oft'n, ev'l and dev'l.

    Conversation Andrew P. Peabody
  • But an evil demon (dev) was sent to them by Ahriman, the representative of everything noxious and sinful.

    Bible Romances George W. Foote
  • What the dev—And you're actually asking me to tell her so too?

    The Militants Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
  • dev'lish well-mannered girl—my sister-in-law has the manners of a duchess and would bring up any girl well.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • What the dev—I beg your pardon, Madame la Vicomtesse, but you give me something of a surprise.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
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