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[jahr-vee] /ˈdʒɑr vi/
noun, plural jarveys. Irish English.
a hackney coachman.
a hackney coach.
Origin of jarvey
1790-1800; special use of Jarvey, variant of Jarvis proper name Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Seeing there was nothing for it but to make a clean breast, Captain jarvey Jessop wasted no further time in useless lamentation.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • Perhaps a little more of this jarvey's talk will not be uninteresting.

    Just Irish Charles Battell Loomis
  • If she were not such a fool, or if I could be rid of her and jarvey, and put in the Tamplins, all's done.

    The Castle Inn Stanley John Weyman
  • Hands stuck in his trousers' pockets, jarvey off for the day, singing.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • All this our jarvey informed us, with a knowing look, belonged to Mr. Sweeney.

  • The jarvey saved his life by furious driving as sure as God made Moses.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • As we drove up the main street I told my jarvey to take me to the Castle.

  • More than likely jarvey is on his uppers and will do anything to get a little cash.

    Dave Porter and His Double Edward Stratemeyer
  • But as luck would have it the jarvey got the nag's head round the other way and off with him.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • “In that case we had better get out,” answered jarvey Porton, quickly.

    Dave Porter and His Double Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for jarvey


(Brit, informal, obsolete) a hackney coachman
Word Origin
C19: from Jarvey, familiar form of personal name Jarvis
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