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Definitions of skive

skive1 (skaɪv Pronunciation for skive1



  1. (transitive) to shave or remove the surface of (leather)

Word Origin

C19: from Old Norse skifa; related to English dialect shive a slice of bread


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= slack, idle, shirk, dodge, skulk, malinger, swing the lead, gold-brick, bob off, bludge, scrimshank

skive2 (skaɪv Pronunciation for skive2



  1. when intr, often foll by off (British, informal) to evade (work or responsibility)

Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin

Translations for 'skive'

  • British English: skivePronunciation for skive If you skive, you avoid working, especially by staying away from the place where you should be working.The company treated me as though I were skiving.skaɪv VERB
  • Arabic: يَهْجُرُPronunciation for يَهْجُرُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: evitar trabalharPronunciation for evitar trabalhar
  • Chinese: 逃避劳动Pronunciation for 逃避劳动
  • Croatian: zabušavatiPronunciation for zabušavati
  • Czech: ulít se z prácePronunciation for ulít se z práce ulívat se z práce
  • Danish: pjækkePronunciation for pjække
  • Dutch: drukken (zich)Pronunciation for drukken (zich)
  • European Spanish: gandulearPronunciation for gandulear
  • Finnish: lintsataPronunciation for lintsata
  • French: tirer au flancPronunciation for tirer au flanc
  • German: drücken (sich)Pronunciation for drücken (sich)
  • Greek: λουφάρωPronunciation for λουφάρω
  • Italian: schivarePronunciation for schivare
  • Japanese: 仕事をサボるPronunciation for 仕事をサボる
  • Korean: 의무를 저버리다Pronunciation for 의무를 저버리다
  • Norwegian: splittePronunciation for splitte
  • Polish: lenić sięPronunciation for lenić się
  • Portuguese: baldar-sePronunciation for baldar-se
  • Romanian: a trândăvi
  • Russian: увиливатьPronunciation for увиливать
  • Spanish: faltar a clasePronunciation for faltar a clase
  • Swedish: skolkaPronunciation for skolka
  • Thai: หนีงานPronunciation for หนีงาน
  • Turkish: kaytarmakPronunciation for kaytarmak
  • Ukrainian: прогулювати прогуляти
  • Vietnamese: trốn tránh trách nhiệmPronunciation for trốn tránh trách nhiệm

Example Sentences Including 'skive'

We have lost track of Dan but he probably wouldn't want to skive off something like this anyway.
Scarlett Thomas POPCO (2004)
Dan called me a'terrible skiver' when I caught up with him and it's true - I do skive off all the time.
Scarlett Thomas POPCO (2004)


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