Main definitions of divvy in US English:

: divvy1divvy2

divvy1

verb

[with object]informal
  • Divide up and share.

    ‘they divvied up the proceeds’
    • ‘When you're not in the business of earning money but divvying it up, you don't need workers, you need servants and family.’
    • ‘About one-third of gate receipts is divvied up evenly; the other two-thirds goes to the home teams.’
    • ‘Both of these envisage a pot of compensation money and a mechanism for divvying it up, permitting the free exchange of artistic goods.’
    • ‘Arguments over final salaries and divvying up the remaining assets became painfully contentious.’
    • ‘Some discussions to have beforehand should include finances, habits, bedtime, room assignments, babysitters, and divvying up duties.’
    • ‘Mom toiled until dawn divvying up her worldly goods, because, ‘you never know.’’
    • ‘NASA Centers and managers are now divvied up by a focus on science, exploration systems, space operations and aeronautics research.’
    • ‘Should marital misconduct be taken into account when divvying up marital assets?’
    • ‘The subscription creates a digital pool which is then divvied up and returned to the rights holders.’
    • ‘He'll have a say in turnaround strategies and in how the assets are divvied up.’
    • ‘When he turned around, they were divvying up the pile they'd accrued.’
    • ‘The seller pays 6% of purchase price (taken out of proceeds at closing) which is divvied up between the two realtors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As early as next year, the Canadian share of the quota could be officially divvied up for the first time.’
    • ‘The rest was divvied up between 22,000 Alberta producers, who received an average payment of about $18,000 each.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its five songs are divvied up in several, nearly indistinguishable movements, but the album moves wholly, as a gross, plodding, overstuffed mass.’
    • ‘All the other information could have then been divvied up among bonuses, appendixes, and supplements.’
    • ‘As more exporters enter the market Australian companies are divvying up the pie into increasingly smaller shares.’
    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.

    • ‘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?’
    • ‘I got a full seven-day divi on her, and have day traded since then.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Getting shot of this grocery chain is a sensible strategic decision, especially as the proceeds will help support the all-important divi.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Investing through an individual savings account ensures that any profits and divis you earn will be tax-free.’
    • ‘The high divis might reflect good cash flows and management confidence about the future.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    share, portion, percentage, premium, return, payback, gain, surplus, profit
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Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation of dividend.

Pronunciation

divvy

/ˈdivē//ˈdɪvi/

Main definitions of divvy in US English:

: divvy1divvy2

divvy2

noun

British
informal
  • A foolish or stupid person.

    • ‘If she says that he called her a stupid divvy, they both know that it'll be all over the newspapers instantly.’
    • ‘One of life's tantalising questions is whether the biggest divvies among us have ever had any idea how awful they are?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has rolled out all kinds of excuses for acting like a big tuneless divvy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘You get to say ‘Ah, yes, he may be a bit of a divvy now, but I knew him before he was famous‘.’
    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

/ˈdivē//ˈdɪvi/