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spiv Saltos de línea: spiv

Definición de spiv en inglés:


British informal
A man, typically a flashy dresser, who makes a living by disreputable dealings.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • She would recount how it was possible to buy anything - from meat, chocolate, cigarettes and the obligatory ‘nylons’ - from the spivs and black market racketeers.
  • Martin Clunes plays George Haigh, a wartime spiv who murdered nine people and dissolved their bodies in acid.
  • One of the choicest ironies is that he now speaks with disapproval about black marketeers, spivs and touts and unofficial operators, and has nothing but praise for his new friends in the RFU.


Pronunciación: /ˈspɪvɪʃ/
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • There is nothing spivvish or unpatriotic in that - it is part of the world that we live in today.
  • He can still write crushingly of spivvish parvenus and loony Hebridean lairds.
  • In the photo, Rama was holding hands with a tall, ungainly young man with a big forehead, hollow cheeks and a facial expression suited to a spivvish barrow-boy.
Pronunciación: /ˈspɪvi/
adjetivo (spivvier, spivviest)
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • And after a shaky start, Daniel actually starts to enjoy climbing his family tree - ranging from the willowy Rebecca to shakier timbers like the spivvy Irving.
  • The fact that he is played by an actor whom nature has condemned to permanently talk out of the side of his mouth, as if drawn by Picasso, adds to his spivvy air.
  • Again, the mode is parable: a spivvy Italian father tries to please his Anglicized young son by integrating into the mainstream through an arranged marriage.


1930s: perhaps related to spiffy.

Palabras que riman con spiv

forgive, give, live, misgive, outlive, shiv, sieve, Viv
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