Definition of derv in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəːv/
(also DERV)


[mass noun] British
Diesel oil for road vehicles.
Example sentences
  • Deep-sea fishermen blockaded the majority of French southern yacht and sport ports in protest against derv (diesel oil) price increases.
  • Today, the company, which supplies the Garage, dropped its prices to 79.9p per litre on unleaded, 85.9p on LRP and 83.9p per litre on derv - roughly 5p down on last week.
  • ‘It's costing us about £25,000 per month for derv,’ he said.


1940s (apparently Second World War forces' slang): acronym from diesel-engined road vehicle.

Words that rhyme with derv

conserve, curve, Deneuve, hors d'oeuvre, nerve, observe, roman-fleuve, serve, subserve, swerve, verve

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