American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang A knife, razor, or other sharp or pointed implement, especially one used as a weapon.
- n. A knife. Usually associated with a makeshift instrument fashioned from something not normally used as a weapon (like a plastic spoon or a toothbrush).
- n. A woody by-product from processing flax or hemp.
- n. computing A shim, i.e. a small library that transparently intercepts and modifies calls to an API, usually for compatibility purposes.
- v. To stab someone with a shiv.
- v. By extension, to stab someone with anything not intended as a stabbing weapon.
- n. a knife used as a weapon
- First attested 1665–1675, probably from Romani chiv ("blade"). (Wiktionary)
- Probably Romany chiv, blade. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Let's face it, the list is full of geriatrics who couldn't make a shiv from a broken piece of metal if their lives depended on it.”
“He had a homemade knife we called a shiv in his hand.”
“A shiv is all about masked utility: it’s an innocuous object with improbably toxic intent (whether used to attack others or to protect oneself ...).”
“Remember kids: A shiv is a weapon, to shank is the verb.”
“This is a slideshow of shivs confiscated from maximum-security prison facilities: A shiv is a weapon crafted from the limited resources of a prisonerï¿½s closed world.”
“I've seen a lot of these complaints and criticisms before, and even voiced a few myself, just never sharpened to this kind of shiv-point or stuck in quite so mercilessly.”
“One ad shows a Black guy as a prison convict bragging to another prisoner that he's made a "shiv": an illicit, homemade knife used to hurt others.”
“The shiv, the gat and the red rock"--the rock is Cain's rock, but "shiv" and "gat" are peculiarly 1920s-ish slang.”
“By the way, a knife is referred to as a "shiv" in the pen.”
“I'll bet that rummy packs a 'shiv' in every pocket.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘shiv’.
Words or Sayings from the 1920's or whatever that no one really uses anymore (at least in that context).
I imagine most of these will be Anglo-Saxon, not likely to crop up in the average day's conversation, and thus excellent for Scrabble. ("most" is too common, likewise "will" and even "crop", in an...
I marvel at the amazing variety of four-letter words in the English language. And that's not even counting really common (to me) words like fuck.
Everyone's got their favorites. Here are some of mine.
words of mass (or minor) destruction
Words I like mostly because of the way they sound and feel.
Looking for tweets for shiv.