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 Portuguese chavalo, Spanish chaval, German Chabo. See also charva.
chav (plural chavs)
- (Britain, derogatory, offensive) A working-class youth, especially one associated with aggression, poor education, and a perceived "common" taste in clothing and lifestyle.
- 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.
- "Good news for chavs: they may be cool people soon" by Robin Young, The Times, 2004-10-19, accessed 2005-04-15
- World Wide Words: chav, by Michael Quinion, accessed 2005-04-15
- Posting by "Quizmonster" in The Answer Bank, 2005-02-22, accessed 2005-04-15
- Posting by "Dick Jones" in FrizzyLogic, 2004-03-19, accessed 2005-04-15
- "The Chavs are Coming", The Irish Times 2005-03-23, accessed 2005-04-15
- Bragg, M. 'The Adventure of English', London, Hodder and Stoughton, 2003: 26.