Definition of Tiv in English:

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Pronunciation: /tɪv/

noun (plural same or Tivs)

1A member of a people of SE Nigeria.
Example sentences
  • The military intervention is being carried out in the name of restoring peace in the face of inter-tribal clashes between members of the Hausa-Fulani and Tivs.
  • They had been sent to quell violence between two local tribes, the Tivs and Jukuns, and the army blames Tiv militias for their deaths.
  • He noted a similar combination of mental processes among the Tiv.
2 [mass noun] The Benue-Congo language of the Tiv, with about 1.5 million speakers.
Example sentences
  • English is the official language; however, Yoruba, Ibo, and Hausa represent the principal languages, joined by Kanuri, Fulani, Nupe, Tiv, Edo, Ijaw and Ibibio.


Relating to the Tiv or their language.
Example sentences
  • Another example, probably by the same hand, was published recently with a Benue Valley / Tiv attribution.
  • The massacres sparked violent outbreaks in the Benue state capital, Makurdi, where angry Tiv students from two universities rampaged through the streets Wednesday, armed with sticks, knives and iron bars.
  • Unconfirmed reports suggest that Tiv militias are carrying out massacres.


The name in Tiv.

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