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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Unknown, early 20th century


A cheap car or aircraft, especially one in bad condition.

Examples of Flivver in a sentence

"My dad is so frugal he refuses to give up his flivver until it can't be driven."

"It may look like a flivver, but that car served me well through my 20s."

About Flivver

While we know that this word developed in the early 20th century, which was when odd nicknames for vehicles first began popping up, its exact origins are unknown.

Did you Know?

Just because a car is cheap doesn't mean that it is also a flivver. If you're looking for a used car, it's a good idea to take along your mechanic or automotive-minded friend to check it out and make sure it is good quality.

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