Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CHAVIE, CHAVEY, n. A boy, a sweetheart (Per., Arg. 1907 A. McCormick Tinkler-Gypsies, App. x., chavey). Also in forms chavo, chauvie (Gall. Ib.). e.Dmf. 1914 2 :
Has she gotten a chavie?

[Cf. Romany Sp. chabó, boy, youth, from Skr. śāva, the young of any animal (see Webster s.v. chabó).]

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