nounslang, derogatoryBritish, Irish
A promiscuous woman; a prostitute. Hence: women considered sexually.
Mid 19th century. Origin uncertain. Apparently related to later charver.
A young person of a type characterized by brash and loutish behaviour and the wearing of designer-style clothes (especially sportswear); usually with connotations of a low social status.
1990s; earliest use found in Usenet (newsgroups). From Angloromani chava man, child, boy from Romani čhavo.
with object To have sexual intercourse with.
Late 19th century. Origin uncertain. Compare earlier charver, which is apparently related, and from which the verb could be derived, although most have assumed that the opposite is the case (in spite of the chronology of the first attestations, which may well be accidental). Both words have been identified as part of Polari slang (compare I. HancockShelta and Polari in P. Trudgill (ed.) Language in the British Isles (2003) 384–403), although they may not have originated as part of it.