Definition of civvies in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsivēz/
(also civies) informal

plural noun

Civilian clothes, as opposed to a uniform: he showered and changed into civvies
More example sentences
  • He was in civvies rather than a uniform and he didn't give me a chance to clean up, although I carry bags with me to do just that.
  • Then he asked me if I was wearing my suspenders under my civvies because he was wearing his.
  • The contractor with the shaved head said he traded his Army uniform years ago for a technician's civvies.


[attributive] (civvy)
Relating to civilians: I learned a good trade for civvy life
More example sentences
  • Some wore civilian jackets and khaki trousers, others civvy trousers and khaki uniform jackets.
  • I asked him why he didn't turn in his bloody soldier suit for the big civvy dough that was definitely his for the asking.
  • ‘There's absolutely nothing to worry about,’ he says, and instantly you know there's nothing to worry about because worry is too weedy and snivelly a civvy word for what we ought to be feeling.


Late 19th century: abbreviation.

Words that rhyme with civvies


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Syllabification: civ·vies

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