- To skive is to shave off the top surface of leather or some other material to make it less thick.
An example of skive is when you take your knife and slice off the top skin of a piece of leather.
- Skive is to skip work, school or some other obligation.
When you skip school to avoid taking a test, this is an example of when you skive.
transitive verbskived skived, skiv·ing, skives
Origin of skiveOf Scandinavian origin; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
intransitive verbskived skived, skiv·ing, skives Chiefly British Slang
Origin of skivePerhaps from French esquiver, to dodge (from Spanish, esquivar or Italian, eschivare, both ultimately of Germanic origin; akin to Old English scēoh, shy) or from English dialectal skive, to move quickly.
- The iron lap used by diamond polishers in finishing the facets of the gem.
(third-person singular simple present skives, present participle skiving, simple past and past participle skived)
- To pare or shave off the rough or thick parts of (hides or leather).
- (UK) To avoid one's lessons or, sometimes, work. Chiefly at school or university.