Chavs? From the Roma dialect? Gypsies are usually acquainted with flash jewellery and the words chavo and chavo's regularly appear.
Is it rather like the Roma word for "someone in the know -initiated" that gave rise to WW2 spivs (another corrupted Roma word) Wide Boys? Nothing to do with wide shoulders but gypsy for Widj (spelling?) Someone in the know.
"Chav" comes from North Eastern terminology "Charver" which became "Charv". The words "Charver" and "Charv" have been in existance for over 20 years. They mean the same thing as "Chav" and came about by describing the way they speak.

ENDEX on this then, yeah?
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