The Alternative English Dictionary: arvo

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arvo pronunciation
  • (Australia) /ˈaː.vəʉ/
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  • (British) /ˈɑː(ɹ).vəʊ/
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Alternative forms: arvy etymology Abbreviation of afternoon + o.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, UK, informal) Afternoon.
    • 1960, John Gunn, The Humpy in the Hills, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=ABpBehqmrCoC&pg=PA46&dq=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow+arvo%22+-intitle:%22arvo%22&hl=en&ei=IRTCTpz3M6aKmQXakIGRBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow%20arvo%22%20-intitle%3A%22arvo%22&f=false page 46], “Rope and tomahawk,” explained Col. “We put them here this arvo when I came down and whistled first time.”
    • 2000, Mark Johnston, Fighting the Enemy: Australian Soldiers and their Adversaries in World War II, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=zOgMy7rBFCoC&pg=PA33&dq=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow+arvo%22+-intitle:%22arvo%22&hl=en&ei=IRTCTpz3M6aKmQXakIGRBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow%20arvo%22%20-intitle%3A%22arvo%22&f=false page 33], The usual reaction of a footsoldier observing such incidents is well summed up by the comments of Private Derrick in the Salient at Tobruk: ‘Seen a human side of the war yesterday arvo Red Cross partys [sic] burying dead & treating wounded one of our partys were fired on by enemy & I will always remember it’.50
    • 2010, Chris Bray, The 1000 Hour Day: Two Adventurers Take on the World's Harshest Island, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=pVDkt7hsM1YC&pg=PT49&dq=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow+arvo%22+-intitle:%22arvo%22&hl=en&ei=RQzCTpetBIuhmQW27py4BA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow%20arvo%22%20-intitle%3A%22arvo%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘We'll fly you out at seven this arvo—but bring them down a little early, just in case we need to think of something else.’
    • 2010, Rebecca Iannone, The Invisible String: The Secrets That Bind, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=uNjZdR7yxdkC&pg=PA55&dq=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow+arvo%22+-intitle:%22arvo%22&hl=en&ei=RQzCTpetBIuhmQW27py4BA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow%20arvo%22%20-intitle%3A%22arvo%22&f=false page 55], “Yeah, he only works on a Saturday arvo,” Kelly told her. “I think the place is packed on that day, because girls come from everywhere just to get a glimpse of him. He's hot as.”
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  • VARO

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