verbchiv·vied, chiv·vy·ing, chiv·vies, or chiv·ied chiv·y·ing chiv·ies
- 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 )
nounpl. chiv·vies, or chiv·ies
- A hunt or chase.
- A hunting cry.
Origin of chivvyVariant 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
(third-person singular simple present chivvies, present participle chivvying, simple past and past participle chivvied)
- A goad.