from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To divide. Often used with up: divvied up the loot.
  • n. A share or portion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A share or portion
  • n. A dividend, especially one from the Co-op
  • v. To divide something into portions.
  • n. A foolish person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a dividend, especially one paid by a cooperative society.
  • v. divide up among a group; distribute; -- often followed by up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go shares.
  • n. A dividend; an amount to be divided or shared by the members of a party or ring.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. short for dividend; especially one paid by a cooperative society


Shortening and alteration of dividend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Possibly from divide. (Wiktionary)
First appearance in San Diego's Daily World, 22 Sept 1872, as "divy," apparent abbreviation for "division." (Wiktionary)



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  • Sounds like it could be short for either word, seeing as how one is a noun and one is a verb. I mean heck, isn't divide really just the verb form of dividend anyway?

    October 23, 2007

  • Often shortened to div, in my experience.

    October 22, 2007

  • Also British slang for a slow or gormless person. E.g. "Bob you divvy, Africa's a continent not a country!"

    October 22, 2007

  • I've always thought of it as short for divide, as in "divvy up the spoils." However, I did know a girl in high school with the given name of "Divvie." Her father was a insurance broker and she was his dividend, according to her.

    October 22, 2007

  • Different dictionaries list this as either a shortening of dividend or divide.

    October 22, 2007