Show Search Results Show Browse

Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

SHIVE, n. Also sheive. A slice (of bread) (Sc. 1741 A. M'Donald Galick Vocab. 21, Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Peb., Bwk., s.Sc. 1970). Also in Eng. dial. Hence shiver, a contrivance for slicing bread. [ʃɑev]Dmf. 1757 Dmf. Testaments MS. XIV. 392:
A marking iron, a shiver frame.
Sc. 1802 Young Beichan in Child Ballads (1882) I. 469:
Gie me a shive of your white bread.
Dmf. 1823 J. Kennedy Poems 70:
The wheaten loaf in mony a shive.
Slk. 1836 Fraser's Mag. (May) 617:
As I'm spreadin' this shive o' bread.
Rxb. 1868 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 27:
Eleven cups o' tea and eight shives o' bread.
Kcb. 1899 Gallovidian I. 15:
A shive or twa o' broon Geordie.
Rxb. 1927 Spectator (3 Dec.) 979:
A slice of bread, etc., cut carefully was a “shive”.

[Early Mid.Eng. schive, O.E. * scīfe, ablaut variant of Sheave, q.v.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Shive n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Jul 2024 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse SND: