Brit., Slang a man who lives by his wits, without doing any regular or honest work, esp. one engaged in petty, shady dealings
Origin of spivprobably variant, variety of spiff: see spiffy
nounChiefly British Slang
- One, usually unemployed, who lives by one's wits.
- One who shirks work or responsibility; a slacker.
Origin of spivDialectal spif, dandified, dandy.