from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A knife, razor, or other sharp or pointed implement, especially one used as a weapon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a knife used as a weapon
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."