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flivver Line breaks: fliv|ver
Pronunciation: /ˈflɪvə/

Definition of flivver in English:

noun

North American informal , dated
A cheap car or aircraft, especially one in bad condition.
Example sentences
  • You look up at the familiar rumble of that inveterate high-wing flivver of general aviation, the little monocoupe Luscombe 8.
  • In 1915, the telegrapher would drive his flivver to work across the new Ironton - Russell bridge, eat breakfast at the old ‘Y’ for a nickel, and employ that very same Morse technology that had dispatched trains here since 1887.
  • The score is unusual in that it does indeed illustrate the images, sometimes, as in the ‘Sunday Traffic’ sequence, with its convoy of flivvers chugging out of the city.

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

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