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.

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When I write SHIV, I mean this: meaning of SHIV The image shows an improvised weapon known as a SHIV.

Summary of Key Points

"Improvised knife" is the most common definition for SHIV on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Improvised knife
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of SHIV in Sentences

Here 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 SHIV

SHIV 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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