divvy up


[div-ee] Informal.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), divvied, divvying.
to divide; distribute (often followed by up ): The thieves divvied up the loot.
noun, plural divvies.
a distribution or sharing.

1870–75; div(ide) or div(idend) + -y2

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divvy1 (ˈdɪvɪ)
n , pl -vies
1.  (Brit) short for dividend, esp (formerly) one paid by a cooperative society
2.  (US), (Canadian) a share; portion
vb (usually foll by up) , -vies, -vies, -vying, -vied
3.  to divide and share

divvy2 (ˈdɪvɪ)
n , pl -vies
dialect a stupid or foolish person
[C20: perhaps from deviant]

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1872, 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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