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improv

[im-prov] /ˈɪm prɒv/
noun, Informal.
Origin of improv
by shortening
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  • The blooming boy, who left his image in my young heart, is at four and twenty improv'd in every grace that fix'd him there.

    The Belle's Stratagem Hannah Cowley
  • It is certain, Virgil is much indebted to him, tho' he has much improv'd his Manner.

    Lectures on Poetry Joseph Trapp
  • And, above all, let them be improv'd; by no means let them lose in the Repetition.

    Observations on the Florid Song Pier Francesco Tosi
  • John Andrews tells the story of the school boys who, in the phrase of the day, "improv'd" the coast on School Street.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
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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