or chiv·y

[ chiv-ee ]
/ ˈtʃɪv i /

verb (used with or without object), chiv·vied, chiv·vy·ing, noun, plural chiv·vies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chivvy

  • Theres free passes up to the Sudden Death Establishment, and a photo-man to take your chivvy when youre passing in your checks.

    John Brown|Captain R. W. Campbell
  • Surely they need not chivvy 'bints' in the bazaar, and officers educated in London could know better.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite|Edward O. Mousley
  • Yer ain't sich a bad sort as yer look—an' Gawd knows yer didn't make yer own chivvy!

  • Therefore, whenever we meet, I chivvy the conversation in the direction of horseflesh.

    Berry And Co.|Dornford Yates

Word Origin and History for chivvy



"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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper