shiv

shiv

[shiv]
noun Slang.
a knife, especially a switchblade.

Origin:
1665–75; perhaps alteration of chiv blade < Romany

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chiv or slang shiv (tʃɪv, ʃɪv)
 
n
1.  a knife
 
vb , chivs, chivving, chivved, shivs, shivving, shivved
2.  to stab (someone)
 
[C17: perhaps from Romany chiv blade]
 
shiv or slang shiv
 
n
 
vb
 
[C17: perhaps from Romany chiv blade]

shiv (ʃɪv)
 
n
a variant spelling of chiv

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shiv
"a razor," 1915, variant of chive, thieves' cant word for "knife" (1673), of unknown origin.
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