Main definitions of charver in English

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charver1

(also charva)

noun

slang, derogatoryBritish, Irish
  • A promiscuous woman; a prostitute. Hence: women considered sexually.

Origin

Mid 19th century. Origin uncertain. Apparently related to later charver.

Pronunciation

charver

/ˈtʃɑːvə/

Main definitions of charver in English

: charver1charver2charver3

charver2

(also charva, chava)

noun

dialect, slangBritish
  • 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.

Origin

1990s; earliest use found in Usenet (newsgroups). From Angloromani chava man, child, boy from Romani čhavo.

Pronunciation

charver

/ˈtʃɑːvə/

Main definitions of charver in English

: charver1charver2charver3

charver3

(also charva)

verb

slangBritish, Irish
  • with object To have sexual intercourse with.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

charver

/ˈtʃɑːvə/