Skive meaning

skīv
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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To cut thin layers off (leather or rubber, for example); pare.
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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.

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To avoid work or duty; shirk.
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To slice off (leather, rubber, etc.) in thin layers; shave.
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(brit., informal) To avoid work by leaving; play truant.
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The iron lap used by diamond polishers in finishing the facets of the gem.
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To pare or shave off the rough or thick parts of (hides or leather).
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(UK) To avoid one's lessons or, sometimes, work. Chiefly at school or university.
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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

  • Of Scandinavian origin skei- in Indo-European roots

    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