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noun 
  1. (context, UK, dated) a smartly dressed person who trades in illicit, black-market or stolen goods
  2. (context, UK, dated) a flashy con artist, often homeless, who lives by his wits
  3. (context, UK, dated) in Scotland Yard usage, a low and common thief
  4. (context, UK, dated) a slacker; one who shirks responsibility
Etymology: Perhaps from spiff, spiffy.'Spiv' was the nickname of Henry Bagster, a Londoner arrested a number of times in 1904-6 for activities as described below, and may have been the archetype.


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