Definition of juvie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒuːvi/

noun (plural juvies)

1A youth, especially one involved in disorder or criminal offences.
Example sentences
  • In one of these alternate universes, I was run down at Southdale on Monday afternoon by two juvies hotrodding diagonally through the middle of a parking lot.
  • Steve and his girl engage in some backwards drag racing with some other juvies and get pestered by the cops to, ‘Cool it.’
  • He is the juvie from the wrong side of the tracks and she is the rich kid.
2 [mass noun] US A detention centre or court for juvenile offenders.
Example sentences
  • Asked by an officer what he was thinking, he replied: "I'm going to go to juvie."
  • Kids I knew from the neighborhood spent time in juvie.
  • The latest is that he actually did a stint at a juvie hall for breaking into a CD store.


1940s: abbreviation of juvenile.

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