Skive Definition

skīv
skived, skives, skiving
verb
To slice off (leather, rubber, etc.) in thin layers; shave.
Webster's New World
To avoid work by leaving; play truant.
Webster's New World
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.
YourDictionary
(UK) To avoid one's lessons or, sometimes, work. Chiefly at school or university.
Wiktionary
noun

The iron lap used by diamond polishers in finishing the facets of the gem.

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Other Word Forms of Skive

Noun

Singular:
skive
Plural:
skives

Origin of Skive

  • Perhaps from French esquiver to dodge (from Spanish esquivar) (or Italian eschivare) (both ultimately of Germanic origin) (Old English scēoh shy) or from English dialectal skive to move quickly

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

  • From Middle English *skive (“a shaving, slice"), from Old Norse skífa (“a shaving, slice"), related to English shive, German Scheibe (“slice"). Compare also Old Norse skífa (“to cut into slices, slice").

    From Wiktionary

  • Of Scandinavian origin skei- in Indo-European roots

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

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