Definition of spiv noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//spɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//spɪv//
(old-fashioned, British English, slang, disapproving)
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a man who makes his money by being dishonest in business, especially one who dresses in a way that makes people believe he is rich and successful Word Origin 1930s: perhaps related to spiffy.