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

  • n. Slang A knife, razor, or other sharp or pointed implement, especially one used as a weapon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A knife. Usually associated with a makeshift instrument fashioned from something not normally used as a weapon (like a plastic spoon or a toothbrush).
  • n. A woody by-product from processing flax or hemp.
  • n. A shim, i.e. a small library that transparently intercepts and modifies calls to an API, usually for compatibility purposes.
  • v. To stab someone with a shiv.
  • v. By extension, to stab someone with anything not intended as a stabbing weapon.

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

  • n. a knife used as a weapon


Probably Romany chiv, blade.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested 1665–1675, probably from Romani chiv ("blade"). (Wiktionary)



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