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A flivver.


Unknown, early 20th c.



flivver (plural flivvers)

  1. (colloquial, dated, Canada, US) An automobile, particularly one which is old and inexpensive.
    • 1920 July, Seelye, Lyman, “Quite a Picnic”, in The Overland Monthly[1]:
      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, Sellars, Nigel Anthony, Oil, Wheat & Wobblies: The Industrial Workers of the World in Oklahoma, 1905-1930, University of Oklahoma Press, →ISBN, 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.