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improv

[im-prov] /ˈɪm prɒv/
noun, Informal.
Origin
by shortening
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Examples from the web for improv
  • Tom alone is a supremely confident artist, a master of improv.
  • Targeted outreach to talented bloggers, improv performers, and stand-ups would help widen the field of applicants.
British Dictionary definitions for improv

improv

/ˈɪmprɒv/
noun
1.
improvised performance, esp by a comedian
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Word Origin and History for improv
n.

1970 as colloquial shortening for improvisation. The New York City comedy club, founded in 1963, was, in full, The Improvisation.

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Related Abbreviations for improv

improv

improvisation
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