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Definition of skive verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

skive

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//skaɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skaɪv//
 
[intransitive, transitive] (British English, informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they skive
BrE BrE//skaɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skaɪv//
 
he / she / it skives
BrE BrE//skaɪvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skaɪvz//
 
past simple skived
BrE BrE//skaɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skaɪvd//
 
past participle skived
BrE BrE//skaɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skaɪvd//
 
-ing form skiving
BrE BrE//ˈskaɪvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskaɪvɪŋ//
 
Pay and conditions at work, School life, Access to education
 
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to avoid work or school by staying away or leaving early synonym bunk off ‘Where's Tom?’ ‘Skiving as usual.’ skive off She always skives off early on Fridays. I always skived off school when I could. skive something I skived the last lecture. See related entries: Pay and conditions at work, School life, Access to education Word Origin early 20th cent.: perhaps from French esquiver ‘slink away’.