Definition of bivvy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɪvi/

noun (plural bivvies)

A small tent or temporary shelter.
Example sentences
  • Talking of bivvies, if I do more than 24 hrs then I use a bivvy otherwise I am happy with my oval umbrella shelter.
  • By all means set up a bivvy at the lakeside if you're allowed to do so.
  • The levels can fall alarmingly fast; what might have been a comfy swim last year may be high and dry this year, requiring a route march through a hundred yards of mud simply to get from your bivvy down to the water's edge.

verb (bivvies, bivvying, bivvied)

[no object]
Stay in a small tent or temporary shelter: he opted to bivvy up for two days
More example sentences
  • ‘Camping sauvage’ is the French term for bivvying up by the lakeside, and on many waters it is banned.
  • Now, compared with bivvying up for a few days it might be short, but there is often a strong case for spending more than a few hours stalking.
  • This was coming from people who don't mind bivvying on a tiny ledge two hundred metres up a sheer cliff face.


Early 20th century: abbreviation of bivouac.

Words that rhyme with bivvy

chivvy, civvy, divvy, Livy, privy, skivvy, spivvy

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