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spiv

 (spĭv)
n. Chiefly British Slang
1. One, usually unemployed, who lives by one's wits.
2. One who shirks work or responsibility; a slacker.

[Dialectal spif, dandified, dandy.]

spiv

(spɪv)
n
slang Brit a person who makes a living by underhand dealings or swindling; black marketeer
[C20: back formation from dialect spiving smart; compare spiffy, spiffing]
ˈspivvy adj

spiv

(spɪv)

n.
Brit. Informal. a petty criminal, esp. a black marketeer, racetrack tout, or petty thief.
[1885–90; back formation from dial. spiving smart; perhaps akin to spiffy]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spiv - a person without employment who makes money by various dubious schemes; goes about smartly dressed and having a good time
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer, bum - person who does no work; "a lazy bum"
Translations

spiv

[spɪv] N (Brit) → chanchullero m, caballero m de industria; (= slacker) → gandul m; (= black marketeer) → estraperlista mf

spiv

[ˈspɪv] n (British)fricoteur m

spiv

n (Brit inf) → schmieriger Typ (inf)

spiv

[spɪv] n (Brit) (fam) → imbroglione m
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