Chav girls

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A young girl, teen, or woman, who has adopted the lifestyle, and values of gang mentality.

She typically dresses in sexually provocative, or gang-affiliated clothes- notably a full tracksuit, or skin-tight leggings, and may also have key accessories, such as unreasonably tanned skin, unreasonably large, hooped earrings, and a Camel Toe on show.
The typical Chav girl will be provocative in personality, to overcome any insecurities she has around;

-Her intelligence
-Her looks
-Her life choices
-Her physical strength
-Chav Boys.
As such, she is more likely to be sexually promiscuous towards her counterpart, violent, and a product of the criminal system.

(At the courthouse)
Mandem 1: "Bruv?!? Is that Felicia?!?"
Mandem 2: "Yeahhh Cuz. She's here for G.B.H."
Mandem 1: "Fam?! She was, like, the nerd of my class in college!"
Mandem 2: "Yeah, I heard. But then she sucked my cousins in the park last summer, and they took her in, ennit. Since then, she's been on that Thug Life, B."
Mandem 1 (In disbelief): "F**k about......???"
Mandem 2's Lawyer (Thinking to himself): 'That Felicia sounds like a classic Chav Girl'

by CBurbanI.Q. December 20, 2019

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Ususally at least one item of burberry, or a naff trackie, but not the one they save for best. Hair usually put up really high or corn-rows only at the front or some other shitty hairstyle. Normally huge hoops or naff little hoops. Eyebrow piercing mebeh. AND sometimes fat chav girls have cropped tops showing their fat stomachs with a horrible belly bar. Most common accessory: little black baby in a pram (sometimes white). These 'girls' can be exceedingly loud. Fag in hand.

Stacy is standing outside JJB with her little black baby Chardonney, smoking and revealing massive stomach with stretch marks. She is well sexi innit. Now, that is a girl chav!

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"Yeah, I'm pregnant," a girl tells her friend in a TikTok video that's been viewed over 2.6 million times. Wearing an Adidas top, she has overdrawn her eyebrows, purposefully not blending in the bronzer three shades too dark for her. Her friend has followed a similar makeup routine, but her hair is scraped back into a tight bun and she's drinking from a can. The clip is captioned "dress down day at school n the chavs are in ur class".

Another TikTok – a "choose your character"-style video – shows an impersonation of "The Chav". Like a video game figure gently bobbing up and down as she spins on the selection menu, a young school girl wearing blotchy makeup has the following phrases appear next to her: "Wears black air forces, says 'bruv & fam', 'say it to my face', 'I know people', tries to be roadman, late everyday to school, bottom set."

These videos are just two of the thousands of #chav clips on TikTok right now. The platform is full of chav makeup tutorials,cartoon transformations and "comedy" sketches. All in all, videos with the "chav" hashtag have been watched over 160 million times. There's even a popular dance group with more than 450,000 followers called the TikTokChavs, which consists of five boys wearing Adidas tracksuits and puffa jackets dancing to viral songs. A member of the group recently revealed: "I'd have to say, none of us are exactly 'chavvy' in real life. We were all brought up quite well, which we try not to let our followers know."

The etymology of the word "chav" is unclear. It may have origins in the Romani word chavi, meaning "child", but the more popular – and likely untrue – theory is that it's an acronym for "council housed and violent". Whatever the origins, the meaning is fairly universal: a stereotype portraying sections of the British working classes as angry and benefit-grabbing with no real life ambitions.

If you didn't know these videos were posted recently, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were made in the early-2000s, during the reign of shows like Little Britain and The Catherine Tate Show. A time when "privately educated, multi-millionaire comedians dressed up as chavs for our amusement in popular sitcoms", as Owen Jones writes in his book Chavs. The journalist and activist believes that, for a time, this form of class hatred became an integral, respectable part of modern British culture and was present in newspapers, TV comedy shows, films, internet forums, social networking sites and everyday conversations. Incidentally, Catherine Tate will be reprising her role as "Lauren" alongside a Little Britain reunion for a BBC's Big Night In this evening (Thursday, the 23rd of April).

But why has the chav caricature made a sudden comeback on TikTok, a platform with a predominantly younger audience? After speaking to multiple TikTok users famed for their "chav" content, it became clear that every single one of them was following a trend and copying someone else.

Abi is 16 and has over 800,000 followers on TikTok. A few months ago she created a series about Stacey, "the local chav". In a voice completely different to her character, she said: "I'd seen another person do it and I thought it was funny. I thought I'd do one and it did quite well, so I continued making them." She thinks a chav is "your stereotypical British girl with big eyebrows who smokes and wears perfume". According to Abi, being a chav is a "stage we've all been through [at school], in Year Seven and Eight".

Like Abi, Molly May believes being a chav is a personality type. The TikToker from Leeds says: "I think it's just what kind of person you are. Like, if you're someone who has a lot of makeup and acts a bit more rough and that. Your social [standing] doesn't matter. It's just like your personality, isn't it?" Molly May said she also made her chav video after seeing someone else do it.

As most of the discourse around the vilification of the working class took place in the late 2000s and early 2010s, it's unlikely today's teens would understand its significance. While none of the TikTok users I spoke to seemed to have an awareness of how historically and politically loaded the term "chav" is, they understood it can be a problematic "character" to portray. Abi said: "I'd say it can be quite controversial, especially since a lot of rich people do get very defensive about it. However, the majority of people laugh about it."

While Mariam, who posted this video, says she went to secondary school with "a lot of girls who boys called 'chavs', and was trying to copy some of the same language that those girls would use". She says she uses the slang herself on a regular basis, so it was very natural for her to emulate. "I just obviously did an exaggerated version of how I would speak, especially in secondary school."

Nibel, 20, from Surrey – who made this video – thinks the word "chav" isn't as offensive now as it was "back then". She said: "I would never call someone a chav, because obviously that was offensive to them, but now I think it's a bit better and I think more people are calling themselves a chav."

While these videos don't flout TikTok's Community Guidelines, the director of the think-tank CLASS, Faiza Shaheen, believes this kind of depiction of people can have real consequences. She said: "Often people think they're having a bit of a laugh, just making fun of someone and the way they speak, but it's deeply political. If you look at what happened with the demonisation of the working class [in the mid-2000s], they were made into this caricature of people who speak a certain way, like they don't care, commit petty crimes, have children and unwanted pregnancies.

"It was a certain way of depicting working class communities living on the estate as 'not having any strong moral values', but what came off the back of that was huge cuts to benefits and caps on housing benefits, and what we call a 'pathology bill' around the white working class in particular.

"They were made to be some of the real villains in society. We were told they're the racists and getting society into trouble. While people think it's a bit of a joke, it really isn't. Maybe some people are too young to remember this, and it's really important that they do. That sort of narrative of an underclass of 'chavs' resulted in real hardship in terms of lower incomes. Whether we like it or not, people do like making fun of others. And especially when you're younger, you don't really understand the consequences of it – and when there isn't any policing of it, then I suppose it's the thing you can get away with."

Unlike those before them, the TikTok generation doesn't have the luxury of making mistakes in front of a smaller audience – emotionally maturing online is just another thing they'll have to learn to navigate. In a few years, some of these teens will grow up, cringe at the content they've made, write a reflective apology on a Notes app and delete it from their feeds, begging for the TL's forgiveness.

Evidently, there is a disconnect between these teens and the long history of British classism which precedes them. But can we really blame them for that? We spend so much time collectively scrutinising the mistakes of individuals instead of questioning why and how classism has permeated every part of our society, causing this particular type of chasm to happen in the first place.

Over the years, conversations around class and privilege have become so obscured that some people think earning £80,000 doesn't make you rich. It would be unfair to point fingers at the teens alone, when the majority of adults surrounding them and the institutions they're part of haven't figured it out either. But not hearing the term "chav" thrown around on daytime TV and in the mainstream media doesn't mean conversations around class have moved forward.


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The British ‘chav’ stereotype is making a comeback on TikTok

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‘Chav checks’, heavy make-up tutorials, and compilations of the UK’s ‘chavviest’ places are popping up, as a new generation revives the divisive trope

In early 00s Britain, reality television and comedy shows profited off a certain type of sterotype: the ‘chav’. From Catherine Tate’s waxy-haired Lauren (“Am I bovvered?”) and Little Britain’s Vicky Pollard (“Yeah but no but...”) through to series like Big Brother, The Jeremy Kyle Show, and X Factor, it was – for years – in vogue to demonise the working class.

As writer Jason Okundaye recently pointed out in an article for Tribune, the then-prime minister Tony Blair’s “regular attacks on ‘scroungers’, ‘chavs’, single mothers, asylum seekers, and hooded youths provided a sheen of respectability to TV executives who made a career out of mocking Britain’s most marginalised”.

Defined as “a young person characterised by brash and loutish behaviour, usually with connotations of a low social status”, ‘chavs’ have seemingly made their return to popular culture, this time on TikTok.

“Hey, yo,” opens one frequently used sound clip on TikTok, “chav check.” Used as a backdrop to clips of – primarily – young girls with fake eyelashes, puffa jackets, and drawn-on eyebrows, the sound is just one of many TikTok references to the British ‘chav’. Grime artist Millie B’s diss track about fellow rapper Sophie Aspin is the most popular sound, typically used to soundtrack ‘chav’ make-up tutorials. Both Millie B and Aspin were widely ridiculed after becoming British-famous for appearing in a documentary about regional grime, mostly made by white working class young people. Other videos include POV videos of ‘chavs’ in school bullying and berating other students, and compilations of the ‘chavviest’ places in the UK.

“For today’s teens, too young to have encountered the first ‘wave’ of such representations in the early/mid 2000s, this is something new and ‘humorous’,” says Majid Yar, a professor of criminology at Lancaster University, and co-author of a 2006 paper titled, The ‘chav’ phenomenon: Consumption, media, and the construction of a new underclass.

Yar believes the ‘chav’ stereotype has returned in part because of the nature of TikTok as a platform, which “lends itself to the making and sharing of such supposedly ‘humorous’ skits”, but more broadly because “this kind of mockery is never far from the surface in societies that equate class-based culture with social worth”. 

For those creating ‘chav’ content, however, there seems to be a more naive motive behind the clips. “People were already turning themselves into characters on TikTok, and this was the next wave,” explains 19-year-old Rowan, who’s got over 12k followers on TikTok and has joined the make-up tutorial side of the trend. “It’s funny because it’s popular in both England where it’s a familiar scene, and in other countries where they’re shocked to know that it’s actually realistic.”

The videos on TikTok are mocking a very British phenomena, but have been picked up by creators across the world. US creators are sharing their own versions of the British ‘chav’, which see users donning heavy make-up and sportswear, ranking “TikTok chav songs” (grime tracks), and explaining what a British ‘chav’ actually is.

“For today’s teens, too young to have encountered the first ‘wave’ of such representations in the early/mid 2000s, this is something new and ‘humorous’” – Majid Yar, criminology professor

“All it needs is for one such representation to gain traction,” continues Yar, “and this then starts an imitative cascade with others joining in with the ‘fun’.”

Northampton-based Rowan has shared video of herself transforming into a ‘chav’ with the caption, “British chav starterpack”. Rowan, whose clip is soundtracked by Millie B – she says the artist is “a hit with students” – describes a ‘chav’ as “someone that hangs around parks in Canada Goose and wears way too much make-up”.

19-year-old Hollie, who lives in Newcastle and has over 71k followers, has done both a make-up tutorial – channelling her “former chav self” – and a POV video, the latter of which she says is “based on true events” and sees a ‘chav’ at school mocking a goth. “Chav videos are popular because everyone knows at least one ‘chav’, or may have gone through a ‘chav’ phase themselves, making the videos relatable,” Hollie explains. “I’m labelled as ‘alternative’ or ‘goth’, so I’ve had some funny conversations with chavs regarding my looks because they’re so different.”

According to Hollie, a ‘chav’ is “someone who dresses a certain way, usually wearing branded sportswear like Nike or adidas”. She adds: “They hang out in large groups, usually speak in a strong local accent, and use lots of slang.”

Middlesbrough-based 18-year-old Aiden also creates ‘chav’ POV videos, amassing 59k followers with his recurring character, Whitney – a blonde school girl with thick eyebrows and an adidas tracksuit. Although he says a ‘chav’ is someone “who can be quite messy” and doesn’t “take care of their appearance”, he adds that it isn’t all about looks. “The personality is what defines someone as a ‘chav’ – someone who’s rude, loud, fights all the time, and bullies people.”

Like Hollie, one of Aiden’s videos sees Whitney asking the ‘goth’ girl questions about her appearance. Aiden debuted this persona in a video titled, ‘Council estate – episode one’, which sees Whitney introduce herself and answer fake interview questions about her life. “No one has done something like that,” he tells Dazed. “When people are creating chav TikToks, they typically stick to a POV video; I wanted to create a series about council estate life but in a character form.”

Having grown up on a council estate himself, Aiden wanted to portray “real scenarios that have happened to me”, but acknowledges that these clips could be interpreted as classist. “I apologise to anyone who does feel that way,” he says. “I’m just on TikTok to make people smile. I love what I’m doing and I hope the whole of TikTok does too.”

“Chav videos are popular because everyone knows at least one ‘chav’, or may have gone through a ‘chav’ phase themselves, making the videos relatable” – Hollie, TikToker

London-based make-up artist Sabrina – who creates ‘chav’ looks to “make fun of the way some girls do their make-up, as most of these girls have the same attitude” – also says she doesn’t intend her videos to be classist. “I’d never define someone based on their social status,” she tells Dazed, “and I would never mean for my videos to promote discrimination to any social class out there. I’m a make-up lover and an aspiring make-up artist, so I always enjoy a trend that has anything to do with that.”

Rowan sees her video as part of a “harmless trend”, explaining that “although ‘chav’ can still be used as class prejudice, it’s more associated with your appearance than your social status”. Although she believes the ‘Council Housed and Violent’ definition of the word “is more of an old term for it now”, others on the platform disagree, and have made reference to the acronym in their posts. Under one video ‘revealing’ the definition – which has over 166k views – users expressed their shock in the comments.

“There’s little doubt in my mind that mockery of particular social groups – especially those who already experience marginality and a lack of opportunity – simply reinforces a culture of class-based discrimination,” says Yar. “It equates specific ways of dressing, speaking, and consuming with a lack of value to society, and replaces recognition of people’s worth with derision.”

As TikTok’s user base is primarily Gen Z – born between 1995 and 2015 – most people on the app missed out on the cultural proliferation of the ‘chav’, and the more outward class-hating and false promises of social mobility that happened during the New Labour government of the 00s. The majority making these skits would be too young to have seen or remembered Ladette to Lady, or Jade Goody on Big Brother.

This might explain why users like 17-year-old Mariam, who’s based in London and has over 370k followers on TikTok, say they “didn’t know that the word ‘chav’ was traditionally associated with someone of lower social status until now”. Mariam’s videos see her wearing a school uniform with heavy ‘chav’ make-up, typically talking to the camera as part of POV clips – in one, her and her friend spot a new girl in class, in another, they come late to class and make a scene.

“I can see why people could interpret my videos as classist, but that’s never my intention,” Mariam tells Dazed. “I just make relatable videos of the type of people we go to school with. I see a ‘chav’ as someone who is rude and loud for no reason, who doesn’t pay attention in class, used a lot of slang, (and wore the) incorrect uniform. How rich or poor they are has nothing to do with it.”

Hollie also asserts that the ‘chav’ stereotype of someone “from a working class background” and with a “lower social status” is “very outdated”, adding that “modern day ‘chavs’ can be from any social background, as being a ‘chav’ is more about the style of clothing you wear”.

As its popularity has swelled in recent years, TikTok has provided Gen Z with a platform for meaningful activism. Teens on the platform have previously confronted their racist parents over the Black Lives Matter movement, trolled Trump by ruining one of his campaign rallies, and raised awareness about urgent political issues. So, why has class-based discrimination – whether intentional or not – slipped through the net?

“I can see why people could interpret my videos as classist, but that’s never my intention. I just make relatable videos of the type of people we go to school with” – Mariam, TikToker

“The ‘why’ of it goes to the heart of class-based societies,” explains Yar. “Demonisation serves as a mechanism for keeping people ‘in their place’, for reproducing hierarchies where opportunities, recognition, and reward are monopolised by some groups at the expense of others.” Yar references an account called TheTikTokChavs, which has over 550k followers, as an example of this, explaining that the boys creating the videos “are reportedly students from a private fee-paying stage school in Epsom – the very epitome of middle class privilege”. 

Yar says many deem mocking those of a lower social class acceptable because it’s “linked to the idea that class position and associated lifestyles are a matter of choice”. He continues: “Unlike race or gender, (social class is regarded as something that) can be erased by people who are ‘willing’ to change. (It’s thought that) if people are ‘vulgar’ in the way they comport themselves, it’s entirely their own doing and they can be judged accordingly.”

Journalist Owen Jones expressed a similar sentiment in his 2011 book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, in which he wrote: “The plight of some working class people is commonly portrayed as ‘lack of ambition’ on their part. It is attributed to their individual characteristics, rather than to a deeply unequal society organised in favour of the privileged.”

While some of the TikTok videos could loosely be considered an homage to the ‘chav look’, the majority are undeniably derisive of the working class – particularly young girls, who are not only facing deeper inequality than their male peers, but are scrutinised more than anyone in the way they talk, dress, and act.

It’s safe to say most TikTokers joining the ‘chav trend’ don’t intend to be discriminatory, and, in some cases, are even drawing on their own experiences to make a lighthearted, relatable video. But, as we know from the early 00s, vilification of the working class can have real-world consequences, whether it’s coming from prime time TV, or teens TikTok.

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Stereotype of anti-social youth dressed in sportswear

Not to be confused with Chad (slang).

"Chav" (), also "charver" and "scally" in parts of England is a British pejorative term used to describe an anti-social lower-class youth dressed in sportswear.[1] "Chavette" is a related term referring to female chavs, and the adjectives "chavvy", "chavvish", and "chavtastic" are used to describe things associated with chavs, such as fashion, slang, etc.[2] In Ireland, "skanger" is used in a similar manner.[3]


Opinion is divided on the origin of the term. "Chav" may have its origins in the Romani word "chavi", meaning "child".[2][4] The word "chavvy" has existed since at least the 19th century; lexicographer Eric Partridge mentions it in his 1950 dictionary of slang and unconventional English, giving its date of origin as c. 1860.[5]

The word in its current pejorative usage is recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary as first used in a Usenet forum in 1998 and first used in a newspaper in 2002.[6][7] By 2005 the term had become widespread in its use as to refer to a type of anti-social, uncultured youth, who wear much flashy jewellery, white athletic shoes, baseball caps, and sham designer clothes; the girls expose much midriff.[8]

In his 2011 book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, Owen Jones argued that the word is an attack on the poor.[7] In the 2010 book Stab Proof Scarecrows by Lance Manley, it was surmised that "chav" was an abbreviation for "council housed and violent".[9] This is widely regarded as a backronym.[4] This interpretation of the word was used in a 2012 public statement by Rapper Plan B as he spoke out to oppose the use of the term.[10]

In 2013 linguist David Crystal said on BBC Learning English:

People talk about "chav behaviour" or "chav insults" and that sort of thing. Oh, don't believe the popular etymologies that you read sometimes in the press and on websites. I saw one the other day, people said, "It's an acronym, 'chav', from 'council house and violent'"—well, no, it isn't, that was made up in recent times.[8]

It has also been suggested that the term is derived from the name of the town of Chatham, in Kent, which is a deprived town with lots of chavs; but the Oxford English Dictionary thinks this is "probably a later rationalization".[6]


Stereotypical image of a chav

Besides referring to loutish behaviour, violence, and particular speech patterns (all of which are stereotypes), the chav stereotype includes wearing branded designer sportswear,[11] which may be accompanied by some form of flashy gold jewellery otherwise termed as "bling".[citation needed] They have been described as adopting "black culture", and use some Jamaican patois in their slang.[12]

In a case where a teenage woman was barred from her own home under the terms of an anti-social behaviour order in 2005, some British national newspapers branded her "the real-life Vicky Pollard" with the Daily Star running headlines reading, "Good riddance to chav scum: real life Vicky Pollard evicted",[13] both referring to a BBC comedy character (see In the media below). A 2006 survey by YouGov suggested 70% of TV industry professionals believed that Vicky Pollard was an accurate reflection of white working-class youth.[7]

Response to the stereotype has ranged from amusement to criticism, with some saying that it is a new manifestation of classism.[14]The Guardian in 2011 identified issues stemming from the use of the terms "hoodies" and "chav" within the mass media, which had led to age discrimination as a result of mass media-created stereotypes.[15]

Commercial effect

In 2005 the fashion house Burberry, whilst deriding chavs, claimed that the widespread fashion in the UK of chavs wearing its branded style (Burberry check) was due to the widespread availability of cheaper counterfeit versions.[citation needed]

The large supermarket chain Asda has attempted to trademark the word "chav" for a line of confectionery. A spokeswoman said, "With slogans from characters in shows such as Little Britain and The Catherine Tate Show providing us with more and more contemporary slang, our "Whatever" sweets – now nicknamed chav hearts – have become very popular with kids and grown-ups alike. We thought we needed to give them some respect and have decided to trademark our sweets."[16]

Criticism of the stereotype

A BBC TV documentary suggested that chav culture is an evolution of previous working-class youth subcultures associated with particular commercial clothing styles, such as mods, skinheads, and casuals.[17]

In a February 2005 article in The Times, Julie Burchill argued that use of the word is a form of "social racism", and that such "sneering" reveals more about the shortcomings of the "chav-haters" than those of their supposed victims.[18] The writer John Harris argued along similar lines in a 2007 article in The Guardian.[19] The widespread use of the "chav" stereotype has been criticised.[20] Some argue that it amounts to simple snobbery and elitism.[14][21] Critics of the term have argued that its users are "neo-snobs",[22] and that its increasing popularity raises questions about how British society deals with social mobility and class.[23]

The Fabian Society considers the term to be offensive and regards it as "sneering and patronising" to a largely voiceless group. On describing those who use the word, the society stated that "we all know their old serviette/napkin, lounge/living room, settee/sofa tricks. But this is something new. This is middle class hatred of the white working class, pure and simple. The Fabian Society have been highly critical of the BBC in using the term in broadcasts.[24] Use of the term 'chav' was reported in The Guardian in 2011 as "class abuse by people asserting superiority".[25] Writer Owen Jones also criticised the use of the term in his book Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class.

In the media

By 2004, the word was used in national newspapers and common parlance in the UK. Susie Dent's Larpers and Shroomers: The Language Report, published by the Oxford University Press, designated it as the "word of the year"[26] in 2004.[27]

Characters described as "chavs" have been featured in numerous British television programmes, as well as films. The character, clothing, attitude and musical interests of Lauren Cooper and her friends in the BBC comedy series, The Catherine Tate Show, have been associated with the chav stereotype.[28] The BBC comedy series Little Britain features the character Vicky Pollard (portrayed by Matt Lucas), a parody of a teenage female chav. In the British television series Misfits, the character of Kelly Bailey is presented as a stereotypical chav.[29]Lauren Socha, the actress who portrays Kelly, has described the character as being "a bit chavvy".[30]The Times has referred to the character as "[a] chavvish girl",[31] and the character has been said to possess a "chav accent".[32]

In the "New Earth" episode of the BBC TV series Doctor Who, the character Lady Cassandra is transplanted into Rose Tyler's body (Billie Piper). When Cassandra sees herself in a mirror, she exclaims "Oh my God... I'm a chav!"[33] In Kingsman: The Secret Service, the main character Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) is introduced as a stereotypical chav.[34]

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nounChiefly BritishSlang: Disparaging and Offensive.

a young person who wears fashionable sportswear or flashy jewelry but is regarded as badly behaved or as having lower-class taste.



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Origin of chav

First recorded in 1995–2000; perhaps shortening of British slang chavvy “baby, child,” or from Romani chavo “(Romani) boy, youth, unmarried man” or Romani chavi “baby, child,” probably from unrecorded Middle Indic chāva, chāpa “young of an animal,” from Sanskrit śāva



Words nearby chav

Chautauqua, Chautemps, chauvinism, chauvinist, chauvinistic, chav, Chavannes, chavette, Chavez, Chávez, Cesar, Chavin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021


What does chav mean?

Chavs is a UK derogatory slang word for a young hooligan who wears designer clothes and starts fights, usually seen as lower class.

Where does chav come from?

Chav appears to come from chavi, the word for “child” in Romany English. While reported in northeast England in the early 1990s, one early written use of chav was on the Usenet group uk.local.kent in 1998, where a user posted: “Traveling from Maidstone to Chatham every day was bad enough. I was born in Brompton so am I a Chav or what?”

In 2002, chavs appeared in an article in the British Observer, where it was used to refer to girls from Chatham, a town in Kent in South East England, who wore fancy jewelry and were viewed as sexually promiscuous. Due to the link to Chatham, some wrongly claimed chav comes from the combination of the words: “Chatham average.”

Chav spread in the UK in the early 2000s to stereotype a kind of youth, especially males, who wear label sportswear and act in a brash, confrontational manner. The slang wigger is something of an American equivalent, as is ned in Scotland or scanger in Ireland.

In 2004, Oxford Dictionaries named chav their first ever Word of the Year, thrusting it into a greater spotlight.

Chav is controversial, though, as it comes with pejorative class associations and helps fuel class divisions. The slang typically targets lower-class people in the UK. Some characterized the 2011 England riots as an attack by chavs on decent society. Blogs and websites such Chavtowns and iLiveHere “chronicle” poorer neighborhoods that are supposedly home to chavs.

How is chav used in real life?

Chavs is commonly used by certain residents of the UK to complain about so-called chavs and their petty-criminal or drunken behavior, often during association football matches.

Sometimes, the female chavette is also said to cause problems.

Nobody likes a hooligan, but be mindful that chavs is considered derogatory, loaded with classism.

More examples of chav:

“A vice-chairman of the Conservative Party said that the police should use water cannon to play “splat the chav” during the London riots, it emerged yesterday.”
—Henry Zeffman, The Times, January, 2018


This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.

British Dictionary definitions for chav


Southern Englishinformal, derogatorya young working-class person whose tastes, although sometimes expensive, are considered vulgar by some

Derived forms of chav

chavish, adjective

Word Origin for chav

perhaps from Romany chavi a child

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