- 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.
- 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.
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transitive verb skived skived, skiv·ing, skives
Origin: Of Scandinavian origin; see skei- in Indo-European roots.