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What Does SHIV Mean?The word SHIV means a "knife or blade" (often an improvised one). Opinion is divided over the origin of the word. One theory is that SHIV is a derivation of the 17th-Century Romany word "chiv" which meant blade. Another competing theory suggests that SHIV is a modern acronym meaning "Self-Honed Implement of Violence." In this context, a SHIV is usually a homemade stabbing device made from household objects such as toothbrushes or spoons. This improvised style of weapon is commonplace in the prison system.
Summary of Key Points"Improvised knife" is the most common definition for SHIV on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
|Type:||Slang Word (Jargon)|
4: Difficult to guess
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Image for SHIVWhen I write SHIV, I mean this:
The image shows an improvised weapon known as a SHIV.
Examples of SHIV in SentencesHere are examples of SHIV being used in a sentence:
- "In prison everyone carries a SHIV for self-protection. If you are not tooled up you become a victim."
An Academic Look at SHIVSHIV is a noun. If it derives from "Self-Honed Implement of Violence," then it is also an acronym (i.e., an abbreviation spoken like a word). Acronyms differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters.
Example of SHIV Used in a Text
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