verbchiv·vied, chiv·vy·ing, chiv·vies or chiv·ied or chiv·y·ing or 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.