Slang a knife, esp. one used as a weapon
Origin of shivearlier chiv, probably ; from Romany chiv, blade
A knife, razor, or other sharp or pointed implement, especially one used as a weapon.
transitive verbshivved, shiv·ving, shivs
To stab with a shiv.
Origin of shivProbably Romani chiv, blade.
- A knife, especially a makeshift one fashioned from something not normally used as a weapon (like a plastic spoon or a toothbrush).
- A particular woody by-product of processing flax or hemp.
- (computing) A shim, i.e. a small library that transparently intercepts and modifies calls to an API, usually for compatibility purposes.
(third-person singular simple present shivs, present participle shivving, simple past and past participle shivved)
- To stab someone with a shiv.
- (by extension) To stab someone with anything not normally used as a stabbing weapon.