- adjective happening or existing at an earlier time
- noun a previous conviction or convictions for criminal offences
- adjective premature, impetuous, presumptuous. A term of mild disapproval favoured by London working-class speakers and members of the police force, usually in the phrase ‘a bit previous’.
- noun a criminal record, previous convictions. A shortening adopted by police officers and the underworld, usually in the phrase ‘has he/she got any previous?’.