Main definitions of divvy in English

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divvy1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Share out.

    ‘they divvied up the proceeds’
    • ‘Since that day, all the acreage around their place has been divvied up into little parcels that sprouted split-levels, fake brick fronts and emerald chem-lawn.’
    • ‘Some discussions to have beforehand should include finances, habits, bedtime, room assignments, babysitters, and divvying up duties.’
    • ‘The subscription creates a digital pool which is then divvied up and returned to the rights holders.’
    • ‘The rest was divvied up between 22,000 Alberta producers, who received an average payment of about $18,000 each.’
    • ‘Should marital misconduct be taken into account when divvying up marital assets?’
    • ‘Arguments over final salaries and divvying up the remaining assets became painfully contentious.’
    • ‘Questions were raised as to why that would be the case, and it all comes down to the allocation and how that will be divvied up.’
    • ‘NASA Centers and managers are now divvied up by a focus on science, exploration systems, space operations and aeronautics research.’
    • ‘Its five songs are divvied up in several, nearly indistinguishable movements, but the album moves wholly, as a gross, plodding, overstuffed mass.’
    • ‘He'll have a say in turnaround strategies and in how the assets are divvied up.’
    • ‘Both of these envisage a pot of compensation money and a mechanism for divvying it up, permitting the free exchange of artistic goods.’
    • ‘When he turned around, they were divvying up the pile they'd accrued.’
    • ‘In the end, more than $50 million went to pay lawyers, while hundreds of thousands of passengers divvied up about $400 million in travel vouchers.’
    • ‘As more exporters enter the market Australian companies are divvying up the pie into increasingly smaller shares.’
    • ‘About one-third of gate receipts is divvied up evenly; the other two-thirds goes to the home teams.’
    • ‘Mom toiled until dawn divvying up her worldly goods, because, ‘you never know.’’
    • ‘As early as next year, the Canadian share of the quota could be officially divvied up for the first time.’
    • ‘All the other information could have then been divvied up among bonuses, appendixes, and supplements.’
    • ‘When you're not in the business of earning money but divvying it up, you don't need workers, you need servants and family.’
    • ‘The seller pays 6% of purchase price (taken out of proceeds at closing) which is divvied up between the two realtors.’
    allocation, allotment, issuing, issuance, awarding, grant, granting, administration, earmarking, designation, setting aside, budgeting
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noun

British
informal
  • A dividend or share, especially of profits earned by a cooperative.

    ‘the divvy is being held at 8.8p’
    • ‘The high divis might reflect good cash flows and management confidence about the future.’
    • ‘Getting shot of this grocery chain is a sensible strategic decision, especially as the proceeds will help support the all-important divi.’
    • ‘Investing through an individual savings account ensures that any profits and divis you earn will be tax-free.’
    • ‘On the subject of portfolio divvies, isn't it about time they cast a patronising glance towards one of the least favoured counties in the land?’
    • ‘The new store will also see the introduction of the famous Co-op divi, through which customers can earn cash back on all their shopping.’
    • ‘The majority of our long-term return comes from reinvesting divvies and if we don't, our investments will grow far more slowly than we imagine.’
    • ‘The Co-op said the new divi would draw in the current loyalty card system and pay members twice yearly out of the group's profits.’
    • ‘When she died it was only natural that the Co-op would arrange the funeral, although I don't think we got any of her divi back.’
    • ‘I got a full seven-day divi on her, and have day traded since then.’
    • ‘Loyalty cards, just like the old Green Shield stamps and the co-op divi are understandable but why, oh why, are these stores issuing credit and debit cards?’
    share, portion, percentage, premium, return, payback, gain, surplus, profit
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Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation of dividend.

Pronunciation:

divvy

/ˈdɪvi/

Main definitions of divvy in English

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divvy2

noun

British
informal
  • A foolish or stupid person.

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    • ‘He has rolled out all kinds of excuses for acting like a big tuneless divvy.’
    • ‘You get to say ‘Ah, yes, he may be a bit of a divvy now, but I knew him before he was famous‘.’
    • ‘If she says that he called her a stupid divvy, they both know that it'll be all over the newspapers instantly.’
    • ‘He is the last Minister I can think of to say ‘I'm a divvy, get me out of here’ and that's 22 years ago for God's sake!’
    • ‘He's being such an immense monomaniacal divvy about Anthony that his cycle of grinning wildly or crying his eyes out keeps speeding up with every passing day.’
    • ‘Other time wasters to the life saving emergency service came from a divvy with a broken finger nail and another with a spot on the end of her finger.’
    • ‘One of life's tantalising questions is whether the biggest divvies among us have ever had any idea how awful they are?’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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adjective

British
informal
  • Foolish; stupid.

    foolish, stupid, unintelligent, idiotic, brainless, mindless, witless, imbecilic, imbecile, doltish
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Origin

1970s: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

divvy

/ˈdɪvi/