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Jarvey \Jar"vey\, Jarvy \Jar"vy\, n.

  1. The driver of a hackney coach. [Slang, Eng.]

  2. A hackney coach. [Slang, Eng.]

    The litter at the bottom of the jarvy.
    --T. Hook.


n. 1 (context dated English) A hackney coach driver. (17th and 18th centuries) 2 (context Ireland English) The driver of a jaunting car.


A jarvey or jarvie may refer to one of the following:

  • The driver of a jaunting car
  • Coachman, often referred to as a "jarvey" or "jarvie"

Usage examples of "jarvey".

The jarvey saved his life by furious driving as sure as God made Moses.

The jarvey joins in the mute pantomimic merriment nodding from the farther seat.

Mr Bloom, scarcely knowing which way to look, turned away on the moment flusterfied but outwardly calm, and, picking up from the table the pink sheet of the Abbey street organ which the jarvey, if such he was, had laid aside, he picked it up and looked at the pink of the paper though why pink.

He then summoned up a hackney, and put Felix into it, directing the jarvey to drive him to Upper Wimpole Street, and at the same time bestowing a guinea upon Felix: largesse so handsome as to deprive the recipient of all power of speech until the jarvey had whipped up his horse, and to make it necessary for him to lean perilously out of the window of the hack to shout his thanks to his benefactor.

The glimpse of largesse made the crowd converge on Sophy, but the jarvey climbed down from the box, his whip in his hand, and genially invited anyone who had a fancy for a little of the home-brewed to come on.

Were they to sail with another St Vincent, otherwise known as Old Jarvey or even as Old Nick for his ferociously taut discipline?

He tossed the extra shilling to the jarvey and told him to go have a pint of ale, so long as he was back in half an hour.

He opened the door and jumped down, paid off the jarvey, then reached in to hand her down.

Leaning forward, Sebastian rapped on the front panel, then settled his hat low over his eyes and wound his scarf carefully about his lower face as the jarvey cut in close to the curb and pulled up in the shadowy netherworld between two streetlamps.

The jarvey had proved a demon driver, swearing and cursing his way through the tangled thoroughfares.

After purchasing a couple of thick veils, they had set out in a hack for Cranbourn Alley, having discovered the existence of the firm of Catworth and Son through the simple expedient of asking the jarvey on the box to recommend them a jeweller not patronized by persons of quality.

While Letty had transacted her business with the younger Catworth, Selina had remained in the hack, because the jarvey, when instructed to wait outside the shop, apparently suspecting them of trying to give him the slip, had expressed a strong wish of being paid off then and there.

Two gentlemen were arguing with the jarvey on their right to claim it, and this worthy man had apparently found it necessary to come down from the box to preserve it from invasion.

Fancot, hauled off the step of the coach by the jarvey, called upon the Viscount to come and give this individual one in the bread-basket, but the Viscount had more important matters to attend to.

With this, he thrust the Viscount into the coach, gave a hurried direction to the jarvey, climbed into the coach himself, and slammed the door.