Shive vs Swive - What's the difference?

shive | swive |

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 .

As a verb swive is

to copulate with (a woman).

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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) .


(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.


    (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.


    (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


  • * 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






  • To copulate with (a woman).
  • * c.1674 , John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, A Satyr on Charles II
  • 'Tis sure the sauciest prick that e'er did swive
  • * 2005 , Sophia B. Johnson, Risk Everything :
  • “You were in such heat to swive me, you tore the clothes from your body.”
  • * 2008 , Sarah McKerrigan, Lady Danger :
  • He didn't intend to swive her here in the tiltyard, did he? Surely he was not so heathen as that.
  • * 2009 , Bernard Cornwell, Gallows Thief :
  • His mother was a holy damned fool and swiving her was like rogering a prayerful mouse, and the bloody fool thinks he's taken after her, but he hasn't.
  • (dialectal) To cut a crop in a sweeping or rambling manner, hence to reap; cut for harvest.
  • * 1815 , Walter Davies, Board of Agriculture, Agricultural Surveys: pts. 1-2. South Wales (1815) , page 426
  • The cradled scythes of the Vale of Towey were scarcely known in the Vale of Teivy; and the swiving method of reaping wheat in the latter, was as little known in the former ...
  • * 1815 , Walter Davies, Board of Agriculture, General view of the agriculture and domestic economy of South Wales, Volume 1 , page 425
  • Swiving is a method first adopted apparently in Cardiganshire ...
  • * 1905 , Joseph Wright, English Dialect Dictionary , page 893
  • swive' ... to cut grain or beans with a broad hook; to mow with a reaping-hook ... "swiver": a reaper who "' swives " the grain
  • * 1929 , Mary Gladys Meredith Webb, Precious Bane
  • We started swiving , that is reaping, at the beginning of August-month, and we left the stooks [stalks] standing in the fields ...
  • * 1955 , Ceredigion Historical Society, Ceredigion: Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Association - Volumes 2-3 , page 160
  • Moreover, according to Walter Davies "swiving " was a method of reaping first adopted in Cardiganshire.

    Derived terms

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