Definition of shiv in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʃɪv


North American informal
  • A knife or razor used as a weapon.
    More example sentences
    • Rosa Parks didn't make a shiv and start knifing people when she was arrested.
    • For those who like more direct courses of action, getting your hands on a shiv or another weapon will probably be the first thing you want to do.
    • Getting his hands on the first weapon he finds, he pulls a shiv, or a ‘homemade’ knife out of an inmate.


probably from Romany chiv 'blade'.

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