Shife vs Shive - What's the difference?

shife | shive |


As an adjective shife

is (african american vernacular english) aggressive looking, tough.

As a noun shive is

a slice, especially of bread or shive can be (obsolete) a splinter; a particle of fluff on the surface of cloth or other material or shive can be or shive can be .

shife

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • (African American Vernacular English) aggressive looking, tough.
  • * 1991 , "Bust Down", Nasty Bitch (rap song)
  • And he knew he was shife , he knew he was hype.
  • * 1996 , "UGK" (Chad Butler and Bernard Freeman), Diamonds and Wood (rap song)
  • These jealous niggas looking at me and my car so shife .
  • * 2004 , "Trae" (Frazier Thompson III), Let Me Live (rap song)
  • Let me live my life, y'all know y'all ain't right. / Niggas be so shife , can I do one thang.

    shive

    English

    Etymology 1

    (wikipedia shive) A parallel form of (sheave), from a (etyl) base which probably existed in (etyl) (though is not attested before the Middle English period). Cognate with (etyl) Scheibe, late (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A slice, especially of bread.
  • * 1980 , Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers :
  • In my cool room with the shutters shut and the thin shives of air and light coming through the slats, I cried myself to sleep in an overloud selfpitying transport.
  • (obsolete) A sheave.
  • A beam or plank of split wood.
  • A flat, wide cork for plugging a large hole.
  • Etymology 2

    From a (etyl) base which probably existed in Old English (though is not attested before the Middle English period). Cognate with (etyl) Schebe, (etyl) scheef.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A splinter; a particle of fluff on the surface of cloth or other material.
  • (paper-makin) A particle of impurity in finished paper.
  • Etymology 3

    Variant of shiv.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • * 2006 , Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day (Vintage 2007), page 50:
  • So every alleyway down here, every shadow big enough to hide a shive artist with a grudge, is a warm invitation to rewrite history.

    Etymology 4

    See shiva

    Noun

  • * 2010 , , A Life of Learning
  • There are some cultural details in Schissel’s story that are specific to the Jewish community: the family sits shive (seven days of mourning for the dead), and the preference for silence at that time.
    Derived terms
    * sit shive

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