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- n. A working-class youth, especially one associated with aggression, poor education, and a perceived "common" taste in clothing and lifestyle.
Origin uncertain (see discussion page); probably of Romani origin. Compare Romani chavi ("male child") or chavo, shavo ("female child"), chal ("boy"), chavvy ("mate, friend"); possible cognate with Spanish chaval. See also charva. (Wiktionary)