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

  • transitive v. To cut thin layers off (leather or rubber, for example); pare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The iron lap used by diamond polishers in finishing the facets of the gem.
  • v. To pare or shave off the rough or thick parts of (hides or leather).
  • v. To avoid one's lessons or, sometimes, work. Chiefly at school or university.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The iron lap used by diamond polishers in finishing the facets of the gem.
  • transitive v. To pare or shave off the rough or thick parts of (hides or leather).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In leather manufacturing and lapidary-work, to shave, scarf, or pare off; grind away (superfluous substance).
  • To turn up the eyes.
  • n. In gem-cutting, same as diamond-wheel .

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

  • v. remove the surface of


Of Scandinavian origin; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • Of course the rehab place, unlike the hospital, makes H do this routinely, and he tries, often successfully, to skive at home.

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  • The Brazilian culture has achieved true mastery of the art of doing nothing, or as they phrase it "vadiar." vadiar: to lounge about (não trabalhar), to idle about (não estudar), to skive (perambular), to wander

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  • Run away without saying a word, skive off work, ignore a phone call, etc

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  • The United States defence department would not be drawn if the current naval exercises off the coast of the Korean peninsular were planned specifically to deter a North Korean invasion as millions of South Koreans skive off work to play the game, leaving the country dangerously distracted by Zerg rushes and mastering the new units.

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  • con-skive? (or conskyvial)

    March 26, 2014

  • Possibly also skyve.

    March 25, 2014

  • If the glove fits....

    March 25, 2014

  • Sensuous, passionate glove-making I presume?

    March 25, 2014

  • Does someone have a list of leather-working terms? Was it me? (I know I have a list about glove-making.)

    March 25, 2014

  • To pull a sickie is just one way of skiving. One would be equally skiving by spending excessive time in the local pie shop or discussing the meaning of words like this on the internet.

    All those other definitions about paring and iron laps seem pretty obscure to me.

    March 25, 2014

  • "Stop skiving: Computers can SEE THROUGH your FAKE PAIN.

    The Reg's usage of skiving seems different than the dictionary definition.

    March 25, 2014

  • In the UK 'to skive' is more often (not attending, being absent, malingering or bunking off) from work or school. These ideas are in the examples but not in the definitions.

    August 24, 2011

  • Boris: No excuse for 'mass skive'


    February 3, 2009