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

  • n. Slang An automobile, especially one that is small, inexpensive, and old.

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  • n. An automobile, particularly one which is old and inexpensive.


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

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  • If Marathon prefers not to call a flivver a flivver, I shall not expostulate.

    Mince Pie

  • Alice drove her "flivver" at Mr. Bunn, who was properly knocked down and looked after by Ruth.

    The Moving Picture Girls in War Plays Or, The Sham Battles at Oak Farm

  • It was with a profound feeling of relief that His Honour lifted the lady from their modest little "flivver," for once inside the Pennington house, he felt, he would be free from a peculiarly devilish brand of persecution inaugurated by his wife about three months previously.

    The Valley of the Giants

  • Several "flivver" ambulances stood across the way, new and roughly made, destined for the front.

    Tom Slade Motorcycle Dispatch Bearer

  • Motor-cars were rare in this remote range country and confined almost solely to the sort of "flivver" which is not entirely dependent on roads.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton

  • "flivver" as it bounced and squeaked and rattled and splashed its way along.

    Galusha the Magnificent

  • I parked my flivver outside his crib in Liepzig, and banged on the door.

    Egg Hunt

  • “A jitney we were on last night, a real broken-down old flivver.”


  • The millionaire was no doubt about to meet his daughter in town, and the haughty Evelyn was not to be affronted with the flivver.

    Dear Carl

  • But he drove on unknowing; nor did the passenger, though he stared with interest at the passing flivver, recognize Eden.

    Dear Carl


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  • Henry Ford was called "The Flivver King"....

    June 11, 2007

  • The word flivver is most commonly meant to indicate a Ford Model T. In a more general sense, a small, cheap car is meant.

    June 10, 2007