Definition of chav in English:


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Pronunciation: /tʃav


British informal , derogatory
A young lower-class person typified by brash and loutish behaviour and the wearing of (real or imitation) designer clothes.
More example sentences
  • The anti-social behaviour of male chavs seems to reflect their realisation that they are an underclass, not really needed any more, except when young for unskilled manual jobs.
  • Then I spot a group of five or six real chavs in hooded tops and trackie bottoms sitting on a wall by a bus stop.
  • He is England's most exciting young footballing talent, a teenage multi-millionaire… and a chav.


1990s: probably from Romany chavo 'boy, youth' or chavvy 'baby, child': sometimes said to have originated in Chatham, Kent, and to be a shortening of that name.



More example sentences
  • I'd rather die than wear a chavvy baseball cap.
  • I'd run completely out of petrol so an essential trip to the local chavvy garage was in order.
  • "England is very thuggish and chavvy now."

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