Definition of bivvy in English:



  • A small tent or temporary shelter.

    • ‘I think Geoff was out of the bivvy before me, as usual, but I was soon on it.’
    • ‘We mooched around for a few hours before setting up a bivvy to get some sleep.’
    • ‘However, if all the other anglers are just sitting in their bivvies for three days then I know we can do better by spending our three days constantly on the move looking for fish and baiting up several areas.’
    • ‘It is an exciting way to catch carp though and a nice change from sitting in a bivvy on a lake.’
    • ‘The soldiers eat half cooked meat in their wet bivvies.’
    • ‘Had this been an episode of Survivor, I would have simply built a rough sort of two bedroom bivvy with outside BBQ area.’
    • ‘Tarsha pushed into the opening at the end of the bivvy followed by the guard who handed a bulky sack to her commander and left.’
    • ‘I don't think you'll get it by sitting in a bivvy in the same swim for weeks on end until eventually the fish come around.’
    • ‘He will also collect and deliver paid-for supplies and food to your bivvy.’
    • ‘We left some of our gear in the swim and borrowed Adrian's wheelbarrow to transport our bivvy and remaining gear from our car to the swim.’
    • ‘The late hour, increasing winds, and our various states of exhaustion decided us on a bivvy there below.’
    • ‘Nick supplied the bivvies, the cooking equipment, a boat but most of all, the local ‘knowledge’.’
    • ‘I hauled everything round to the swim, set up the bivvy, then the rod.’
    • ‘The levels can fall alarmingly fast; what might have been a comfy swim last year may be high and dry this year, requiring a route march through a hundred yards of mud simply to get from your bivvy down to the water's edge.’
    • ‘Similarly if you are pitching a bivvy for a few days, move it back a bit.’
    • ‘Make sure that your bivvy, sleeping bag and thermal/wet weather gear are up to scratch.’
    • ‘Take a rod pod as the banks are very hard and a brolly or bivvy as the sun can be very strong.’
    • ‘Talking of bivvies, if I do more than 24 hrs then I use a bivvy otherwise I am happy with my oval umbrella shelter.’
    • ‘The lake may have sections set aside for night fishing, or the whole perimeter may be open for fishing nights, yet the authorities still impose a ban on actually setting up a bivvy.’
    • ‘By all means set up a bivvy at the lakeside if you're allowed to do so.’


[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Stay in a small tent or temporary shelter.

    ‘he opted to bivvy up for two days’
    • ‘You can do a reasonable recee in this time, perhaps bait up a likely spot, put the baits out, bivvy up and catch up on your sleep.’
    • ‘Now, compared with bivvying up for a few days it might be short, but there is often a strong case for spending more than a few hours stalking.’
    • ‘This was coming from people who don't mind bivvying on a tiny ledge two hundred metres up a sheer cliff face.’
    • ‘‘Camping sauvage’ is the French term for bivvying up by the lakeside, and on many waters it is banned.’
    • ‘This is a standard approach method used by those wishing to bivvy up and night fish.’
    • ‘The snow was so deep that we were unable to make camp and had to bivvy on the hillside at around 7,400m.’
    • ‘Along the main roads all through France there are many petrol stations with large rest areas, and it was in one of these that we bivvied up for the night.’


Early 20th century: abbreviation of bivouac.