What does shiv mean?

Definitions for shivʃɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shiv.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shiv(noun)

    a knife used as a weapon


  1. shiv(Noun)

    A knife. Usually associated with a makeshift instrument fashioned from something not normally used as a weapon (like a plastic spoon or a toothbrush).

  2. shiv(Noun)

    A woody by-product from processing flax or hemp.

  3. shiv(Noun)

    A shim, i.e. a small library that transparently intercepts and modifies calls to an API, usually for compatibility purposes.

  4. shiv(Verb)

    To stab someone with a shiv.

  5. shiv(Verb)

    By extension, to stab someone with anything not intended as a stabbing weapon.

  6. Origin: First attested 1665–1675, probably from chiv.


  1. Shiv

    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:


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shiv in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shiv in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. So I Married an Axe Murderer:

    John Johnson Now this is something the other tour guides won't tell you. In this particular cell-block, Machine Gun Kelly had what we call in the prison system, a bitch. And one night in a jealous rage Kelly took a make-shift knife or shiv, and cut out the bitch's eyes. And as if this wasn't enough retribution for Kelly, the next day he and four other inmates took turns pissing into the bitch's ocular cavities. (short pause) This way to the cafeteria

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