Definition of bivvy in English:



  • A small tent or temporary shelter.

    • ‘We mooched around for a few hours before setting up a bivvy to get some sleep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Had this been an episode of Survivor, I would have simply built a rough sort of two bedroom bivvy with outside BBQ area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is an exciting way to catch carp though and a nice change from sitting in a bivvy on a lake.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘I think Geoff was out of the bivvy before me, as usual, but I was soon on it.’
    • ‘The soldiers eat half cooked meat in their wet bivvies.’
    • ‘He will also collect and deliver paid-for supplies and food to your bivvy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By all means set up a bivvy at the lakeside if you're allowed to do so.’
    • ‘I hauled everything round to the swim, set up the bivvy, then the rod.’
    • ‘Similarly if you are pitching a bivvy for a few days, move it back a bit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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

    ‘he opted to bivvy up for two days’
    • ‘This was coming from people who don't mind bivvying on a tiny ledge two hundred metres up a sheer cliff face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 is a standard approach method used by those wishing to bivvy up and night fish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The snow was so deep that we were unable to make camp and had to bivvy on the hillside at around 7,400m.’
    • ‘‘Camping sauvage’ is the French term for bivvying up by the lakeside, and on many waters it is banned.’


Early 20th century: abbreviation of bivouac.