Definitions for shivʃɪv
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word shiv
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a knife, esp. a switchblade.
Category: Status (usage)
Origin of shiv:
1910–15; appar. alter. of earlier chiv(e) < Romany
a knife used as a weapon
A knife. Usually associated with a makeshift instrument fashioned from something not normally used as a weapon (like a plastic spoon or a toothbrush).
A woody by-product from processing flax or hemp.
A shim, i.e. a small library that transparently intercepts and modifies calls to an API, usually for compatibility purposes.
To stab someone with a shiv.
By extension, to stab someone with anything not intended as a stabbing weapon.
Origin: First attested 1665–1675, probably from chiv.
A shiv is a slang term for any sharp or pointed implement used as a knife-like weapon. The Oxford English Dictionary suggests shive, a razor, documented in 1915, as the root word. The word in practical usage is frequently used when referring to an improvised bladed weapon. Shivs are commonly made by inmates in prisons across the world. A shiv can be anything from a glass shard with fabric wrapped around one end to form a handle, to a razor blade stuck in the end of a toothbrush. Synonyms include shank, chiv, and chib. These terms, along with "shiv", can be used either as a noun or a transitive verb, referring to the weapon or the act of attacking with such a weapon respectively. In the 1950s, criminal Billy Hill described his use of the shiv:
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