Definition of flivver in English:



North American
dated, informal
  • A cheap car or aircraft, especially one in bad condition.

    • ‘Foy motored into isolated regions where only the camel roamed, single-handedly engaging highwaymen and time and again drawing on his remarkable resourcefulness to bring his trademark flivver back to life.’
    • ‘You can't make flivvers without steel-and you can't make tragedies without social instability.’
    • ‘You look up at the familiar rumble of that inveterate high-wing flivver of general aviation, the little monocoupe Luscombe 8.’
    • ‘In 1915, the telegrapher would drive his flivver to work across the new Ironton - Russell bridge, eat breakfast at the old ‘Y’ for a nickel, and employ that very same Morse technology that had dispatched trains here since 1887.’
    • ‘The score is unusual in that it does indeed illustrate the images, sometimes, as in the ‘Sunday Traffic’ sequence, with its convoy of flivvers chugging out of the city.’


Early 20th century: of unknown origin.