flivver

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English[edit]

A flivver.

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Noun[edit]

flivver (plural flivvers)

  1. An automobile, particularly one which is old and inexpensive.
    • 1920 July, Lyman Seelye, “Quite a Picnic”[1], The Overland Monthly: 
      Billy being too poor to own a car, had hired a cheap flivver for the day, and was purposely ten minutes behind the time, but to his disgust found the procession not yet started.
    • 1998, Nigel Anthony Sellars, Oil, Wheat & Wobblies: The Industrial Workers of the World in Oklahoma, 1905-1930, University of Oklahoma Press, ISBN 9780806130057, OL 683367M, page 180:
      These workers were often joined by impoverished small farmers from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri who pooled their resources to buy a flivver and follow the harvest into the Dakotas and Canada.

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