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See also: Shiv
shiv (plural shivs)
- A knife, especially a makeshift one fashioned from something not normally used as a weapon (like a plastic spoon or a toothbrush).
- A particular woody by-product of processing flax or hemp.
- (improvised stabbing weapon): shank (slang)
- To stab someone with a shiv.
- (by extension) To stab someone with anything not normally used as a stabbing weapon.
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “shiv”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, retrieved 6 July 2017: “"a razor," 1915, variant of chive, thieves' cant word for "knife" (1670s), of unknown origin.”
- ^ “shiv”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary, (Please provide a date or year): “Alteration of chiv, of unknown origin. First known use: 1915”.
- ^ “shiv” in Michael Agnes, editor-in-chief, Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th edition, Cleveland, Oh.: Wiley, 2010, →ISBN; reproduced on the Collins English Dictionary, retrieved 6 July 2017: “Word origin of 'shiv': earlier chiv, prob. < Romany chiv, blade”
- ^ “shiv”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present. "Probably from Romany chiv ‘blade’."