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divvy

[div-ee] /ˈdɪv i/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), divvied, divvying.
1.
to divide; distribute (often followed by up):
The thieves divvied up the loot.
noun, plural divvies.
2.
a distribution or sharing.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; div(ide) or div(idend) + -y2
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British Dictionary definitions for divvy up

divvy1

/ˈdɪvɪ/
noun (pl) -vies
1.
(Brit) short for dividend, esp (formerly) one paid by a cooperative society
2.
(US & Canadian) a share; portion
verb -vies, -vying, -vied
3.
(transitive) usually foll by up. to divide and share

divvy2

/ˈdɪvɪ/
noun (pl) -vies
1.
(dialect) a stupid or foolish person
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from deviant
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Word Origin and History for divvy up

divvy

v.

1872, American English, originally a noun, a slang shortening of dividend; the verb was in use by 1877 and is primary now (the noun is not in "Webster's New World Dictionary"), leading some (e.g. "Webster's") to think the word is a slang alteration of divide. Related: Divvying. In early 20c. British slang the same word was a shortening of divine (adj.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for divvy up

divvy

noun
  1. A share of profits or spoils
  2. A dividend
verb

(also divvy out or divvy up) To divide; apportion; Piece Up: The governor and the Paris crook divvy the swag/ We would pass our hats and divvy up (1872+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for divvy up

divvy

divide
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