or chiv·yverb chiv·vied or chiv·ied, chiv·vy·ing or chiv·y·ing, chiv·vies or chiv·ies verb, transitive
- To vex or harass with petty attacks: political opponents who chivvied the senator.
- To maneuver or secure gradually: “had spent two weeks chivvying this division toward combat readiness” (Tom Clancy).
- A hunt or chase.
- A hunting cry.
Origin: Variant of chevy, a hunt, hunting cry, from Chevy Chase, title of a ballad about a border skirmish, from Cheviot Chase, a large unenclosed hunting tract in the Cheviot Hills.
Variant of chivy
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