Chav definition

chăv
Used as a disparaging term for a poor or uneducated young person, especially one who behaves in a brash or vulgar manner and wears ostentatious clothing and jewelry.
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Noun

Singular:
chav
Plural:
chavs

Origin of chav

  • Ultimately (possibly by back-formation from British slang chavvy child) from Romani chavo Romani boy, unmarried Romani man from Middle Indic chāva young of an animal of unknown origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition