- to chase; run after.
- to harass; nag; torment.
- to race; scamper.
- a hunting cry.
- a hunt, chase, or pursuit.
- the game of prisoner's base.
Origin of chevy
Examples from the Web for chivy
They'd 'ave nobody to chivy 'em when they come to the throne, or returned from the wars.
I thought: "In a day or two I shall get to like her, and then I shan't be able to chivy her."A Diary Without Dates
I let the first class off easily, but the second I chivy through a whole year.The Wife and Other Stories
They are not in a hurry, nor "chivy" over their work either; the tides rise and fall slowly, and they work in correspondence.The Open Air
It was an eternal game of chivy or hide-and-seek, each person being by turn the hunter and the hunted.The Divine Fire
chivvy chevy British
- (tr) to harass or nag
- (tr) to hunt
- (intr) to run about
- a hunt
- obsolete a hunting cry
- a variant of chivy
Word Origin and History for chivy
"harass," 1918, from alternative form of chevy (1830) "to chase," from a noun chevy (1824, also used as a hunting cry, c.1785), from chevy chase "a running pursuit," probably from the "Ballad of Chevy Chase," popular song from 15c. describing a hunting party on the borderland that turned into a battle between the English and the Scots (the incident probably late 14c.). The place is probably originally Cheviot Chase.
The old song of Chevy-Chase is the favourite ballad of the common people of England, and Ben Jonson used to say, he had rather have been the author of it than of all his works. [Addison, "spectator" No. 70, May 21, 1711]
by 1938, popular form of Chevrolet, U.S. automobile brand, which was founded by Louis Chevrolet and William Durant in 1911; acquired by General Motors in 1917.