[ chev-ee ]
/ ˈtʃɛv i /

verb (used with object), chev·ied, chev·y·ing.

to chase; run after.
to harass; nag; torment.

verb (used without object), chev·ied, chev·y·ing.

to race; scamper.

noun, plural chev·ies.

a hunting cry.
a hunt, chase, or pursuit.
the game of prisoner's base.
Also chivvy, chivy.

Origin of chevy

First recorded in 1775–85; perhaps short for Chevy Chase

Definition for chivy (2 of 2)


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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for chivy (1 of 2)


chivvy chevy British

/ (ˈtʃɪvɪ) /

verb chivies, chivying, chivied, chivvies, chivvying, chivvied, chevies, chevying or chevied

(tr) to harass or nag
(tr) to hunt
(intr) to run about

noun plural chivies, chivvies or chevies

a hunt
obsolete a hunting cry

Word Origin for chivy

C19: variant of chevy, probably from Chevy Chase, title of a Scottish border ballad

British Dictionary definitions for chivy (2 of 2)

/ (ˈtʃɛvɪ) /

noun, verb

a variant of chivy
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