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Origin uncertain (see discussion page); probably of Romani origin. Compare Romani chavi (“‘male child’”), chavo (“‘female child’”), chal (“‘boy’”), chavvy (“‘mate, friend’”); possible cognate with Spanish chaval. See also charva.
- (UK, pejorative) A working-class youth, especially one associated with aggression, poor education, and a perceived "common" taste in clothing and lifestyle.
- I wouldn't go to that part of town if I were you; it's full of chavs.
- See WikiSaurus:chav
- "Good news for chavs: they may be cool people soon" by Robin Young, The Times, 2004-10-19, accessed 2005-04-15
- World Wide Words: chav, by Michael Quinion, accessed 2005-04-15
- Posting by "Quizmonster" in The Answer Bank, 2005-02-22, accessed 2005-04-15
- Posting by "Dick Jones" in FrizzyLogic, 2004-03-19, accessed 2005-04-15
- "The Chavs are Coming", The Irish Times 2005-03-23, accessed 2005-04-15
- Bragg, M. 'The Adventure of English', London, Hodder and Stoughton, 2003: 26.
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