Avoid work or a duty by staying away or leaving early; shirk: I skived off school [with object]: she used to skive lessons
More example sentences
- If I hadn't skived off work early to go see, I'd have been angry at the waste of my time.
- You think I skived off without blogging anything today, right?
- I had said to myself that I would go to the gym after Dame G and Dr Sir T but I skived off and watched News 24 instead.
malinger, pretend to be ill, feign/fake illness;
play truant, truant;
avoid work, evade one's duty, shirk, skulk, idle;
North American cut
Irish informal mitch off
Australian/New Zealand informal play the wag
noun[in singular] Back to top
1An instance of avoiding work or a duty by staying away or leaving early.
- ‘I decided to give blood because it was a good skive out of the railway and after you'd donated you got your free tea and biscuits,’ he said.
- The vast majority of the truants would readily acknowledge in the aftermath that they were only out for a skive following a wind-up on the web.
- Yes, notwithstanding all of the above, I do love the odd skive on my tod.
Late 19th century (originally US college slang): probably from French esquiver 'slink away'.
- Example sentences
- Slackers and skivers everywhere should be grateful I'm not in charge.
- There may have been some skivers, although not many.
- A poll of organisers found that 80 per cent think there are too many skivers and people who should be delegates are staying away.
Words that rhyme with skivealive, arrive, chive, Clive, connive, contrive, deprive, dive, drive, five, gyve, hive, I've, jive, live, MI5, revive, rive, shrive, strive, survive, swive, thrive
verb[with object] technical
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