From Middle English sliven, from Old English slīfan (“to cleave, split”), from Proto-Germanic *slībaną (“to split”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kelH- (“to cut”).
slive (third-person singular simple present slives, present participle sliving, simple past slove or slived, past participle sliven or slived)
- (transitive, obsolete or dialectal) To cut; split; separate.
- (transitive, obsolete or dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To cut or slice something off; separate by slicing.
slive (plural slives)
- (dialectal) A slice or sliver; slip, chip.
Perhaps related to slip.
slive (third-person singular simple present slives, present participle sliving, simple past and past participle slived)
- (dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To sneak; skulk; proceed in a sly way; creep.