Main definitions of skive in English

: skive1skive2

skive1

verb

[NO OBJECT]British
informal
  • Avoid work or a duty by staying away or leaving early; shirk.

    ‘I skived off school’
    with object ‘she used to skive lessons’
    • ‘So we skived off for another cup of tea and I lent him my towel.’
    • ‘I had said to myself that I would go to the gym after Dame G and Dr Sir T but I skived off and watched News 24 instead.’
    • ‘He had come back having skived off on his birthday, so the lads had made sure he'd stay there.’
    • ‘You think I skived off without blogging anything today, right?’
    • ‘In the end, I skived off to a side street and made myself as inconspicuous as possible so I could get up to date.’
    • ‘Truancy officers caught 154 children skiving between September and December last year, 42 of whom were with their parents.’
    • ‘I'm not sure what he was getting so upset about, but I think he was partly mad because some people had skived off the rehearsal.’
    • ‘I always wondered what Wibbler got up to whilst apparently skiving from his blog duties.’
    • ‘If I hadn't skived off work early to go see, I'd have been angry at the waste of my time.’
    • ‘He skived off quite a lot to go to band warm up session and meet people in the industry and it obviously paid off!’
    • ‘It doesn't seem to matter how old I am, driving away from the office at any time before 5: 30 pm always feels like skiving.’
    • ‘But seeing as though you're reading this, you're probably already on first-name terms with office skiving.’
    • ‘BA admits that not one single check-in worker has been disciplined in recent years for bunking off or skiving.’
    • ‘He won't be able to accuse me of having sold it on the black market and skived off with the proceeds.’
    • ‘Children have been skiving off school for years.’
    • ‘Then how do you know I skived off two other classes?’
    • ‘In my own book I have included a chapter on skiving.’
    • ‘I'm not completely skiving, though - Friday was sick leave, and today was a day of ‘education’ at a local ‘learning centre’.’
    • ‘It was a warm, sunny Thursday and Belinda had skived off her unofficial work to join Astor for some sunbathing.’
    • ‘Having said that, being a professional skiver, I have devised tactics, strategies and contingency plans to prolong skiving.’
    malinger, pretend to be ill, fake illness, feign illness
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noun

British
informal
  • 1An instance of avoiding work or a duty by staying away or leaving early.

    • ‘‘I decided to give blood because it was a good skive out of the railway and after you'd donated you got your free tea and biscuits,’ he said.’
    • ‘There's a couple at work who I suspect think it was nothing but a skive, mind, but I fully expected that.’
    • ‘The vast majority of the truants would readily acknowledge in the aftermath that they were only out for a skive following a wind-up on the web.’
    • ‘The train drivers must have called a strike, or a mass skive because of the heat.’
    • ‘Ebay is the most popular site for workers on the skive with four in ten admitting that they trawl the auction site while killing time at work.’
    • ‘Yes, notwithstanding all of the above, I do love the odd skive on my tod.’
    1. 1.1 An easy option.
      • ‘The checkout girl had thought it was a good skive, especially as her break was almost due.’
      • ‘Tuesday and yesterday were a bit brighter and we did have a bit of a skive on Tuesday.’

Origin

Late 19th century (originally US college slang): probably from French esquiver ‘slink away’.

Pronunciation

skive

/skʌɪv/

Main definitions of skive in English

: skive1skive2

skive2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]technical
  • Pare (the edge of a piece of leather or other material) so as to reduce its thickness.

    ‘to join two ends of a strap, the ends are skived’
    • ‘Bitspower's skiving technique seems a great way to remove the thermal junction between base and fins.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Old Norse skífa; related to shive.

Pronunciation

skive

/skʌɪv/