Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Slang Civilian clothes.

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  • n. civilian clothes (military slang)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. civilian garb as opposed to a military uniform

Etymologies

Shortening and alteration of civilian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from civilian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Just get out,” she croaks, turns on her heel, and clicks upstairs to her dressing room, where she will change out of her business rig into what we call her civvies, her civilian gear.

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  • He was, of course, in civvies and, despite his own policy, was not displaying his warrant card in the beautiful clip-on holder purchased at great, but worthwhile, expense.

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  • Decided my concentration would be cathartically aided by slamming the office door closed to block out the excited primate noises coming from the Neighbiurhood Team Office, all dressed in civvies & off for an Away/Teambuilding day somewhere.

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  • However, he was in civvies sitting out the first game of a back to back to be fully rested for the Suns 'big game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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  • You know — guys that played it safe during the war, scrounged around keeping themselves in civvies — got swell apartments — swell dames — you know the kind ....

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  • Then suddenly we arrived, a little company of about 12 or 15 bedraggled "gents in civvies" ducking in the rain, and, sure enough, our entry was greeted in the good old spirit, and one hearty voice amidst the scattered clapping, cheers and hyahs and so forth suggested "throw the bloody civilians out".

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  • a good number of civvies from the village nearby, so you see we are helping to make the lives of ourselves, the guards and the villagers as happy as possible.

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  • I know of an incident when a PC was struggling with someone out on the street and a Superintendent walked past in civvies said nothing didn’t help the PC and later had the PC in their office.

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  • Maybe the civvies were a little more loosey-goosey, but not much, and in all their eyes Swagger read only commitment to duty, pride in warrior skills, the lack of self-consciousness of the best fighters no intellectuals, no ironists, no wise guys among them.

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  • But my point is ... his outfit is fully visible to all and no one suggests he dress in civvies. esperanza

    Clerical Garb, a Matter of Habit?

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