AskDefine | Define skive

Dictionary Definition

skive v : remove the surface of; "skive leather"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The iron lap used by diamond polishers in finishing the facets of the gem.


  1. To pare or shave off the rough or thick parts of (hides or leather).
  2. To avoid one's assigned work or duty. To slack off.

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Extensive Definition

Skive has the following meanings:
  • To skive is British slang for the practice of avoiding responsibilities (particularly work or school) because you want to do something more fun or just don’t want to do what you should be doing.
Skiving is usually done in a manner that you are pretending to be working when in reality you are not – for example being on facebook when at work (or if you are an expert ‘skiver’ your screen is strategically placed so that your boss can’t see it). Skiving is fun because it’s naughty.


skive in Norwegian: Skive
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