chav

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English

A caricature of a chav.

Etymology

Origin uncertain; probably of Angloromani origin. Compare Romani chavi (male child) or chavo, shavo (female child), chal (boy), chavvy (mate, friend), compare Swedish tjej; possible cognate with Spanish chaval, German Chabo. See also charva.

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chav (plural chavs)

  1. (Britain, derogatory, offensive) A working-class youth, especially one associated with aggression, poor education, and a perceived "common" taste in clothing and lifestyle.
    Synonyms: charva, ned, pikey; see also Thesaurus:chav
    Coordinate term: chavette
    • (Can we date this quote?), Dizzee Rascal (lyrics and music), “Creeper (Freestyle)”:
      Lyrical staff / Never could they ever take me for a chav / Scholar in the English, scholar in the Math / Dizzee ain't no riff raff
    • 2011, ‘Giving the poor a good kicking’, The Economist, 18 Jun 2011:
      His book concerns ‘chavs’, a supposed underclass of ill-educated, fast-breeding, violent and amoral poor people currently plaguing Britain.

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