chivy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chivy annoy continually or chronically "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked","This man harasses his female co-workers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Chivy To goad, drive, hunt, throw, or pitch; to repeatedly cause annoyance or concern to.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chivy See chevy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chivy a cry, shout: a hunt
    • n Chivy chiv′vy a hunting cry
    • v.t Chivy to chase
    • v.i Chivy to scamper
    • n Chivy chiv′vy or Chevy, chev′vy, a hunting cry
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Chevy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. from the Border battle of Chevy Chase.

Usage

In literature:

She shrieks, yells, sings, chivies the servant, and skims plates out of the window at the passers-by.
"The Stark Munro Letters" by J. Stark Munro
We are prisoners, lad, and the Frenchies have chivied right back to where the King and his men have been making a bit of a stand.
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
Well, all I can say is that the sooner this holy man and his followers are chivied out of the country the better.
"In the Mahdi's Grasp" by George Manville Fenn
But if your story is watertight, he must have rung the bell in a state of abject bodily terror, owing to your chivying him about!
"Baboo Jabberjee, B.A." by F. Anstey
Whenever outrageous fortune chivied him with slings and arrows penniless to Paris, there was always the Agence waiting to be resuscitated.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
That's Chivy's yacht that came in just at sundown, ain't it?
"A Christmas Accident and Other Stories" by Annie Eliot Trumbull
It consists of hunting down the German spies and chivying the HOME SECRETARY.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 25, 1914" by Various
I chivied one after the other, and caught and kissed both, they were not difficult to catch.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
I hung over them idly, hardly laying down the spoons I held in my hand, but, standing with them, chivied the new V.A.D.
"A Diary Without Dates" by Enid Bagnold
But the mob only chivied the horse all the more, till it had far outdistanced its panting escort.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
He was chivied about, insulted, and abused by every one; yet he received it all with a smiling face.
"Japan" by Dorothy Menpes
Away with you, and lead us to him, and don't go chivying after your bally major.
"Men, Women and Guns" by H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
They'd 'ave nobody to chivy 'em when they come to the throne, or returned from the wars.
"Humorous Readings and Recitations" by Various
It is he whom that swarm of riff-raff has been chivying.
"A Second Coming" by Richard Marsh
All the street vehicles travel rapidly in London, and you are chivied (hurried) at every corner.
"In Pastures New" by George Ade
But you get no chance for pathos when you're chivied by a bull!
"Mr Punch's Model Music Hall Songs and Dramas" by F. Anstey
The objective of the R. Sussex on the left was the enemy's trenches along the Chivy road.
"The First Seven Divisions" by Ernest W. Hamilton
Therefore it was I chivied you off as I did.
"A Bottle in the Smoke" by Milne Rae
He had been chivied and chased from village to village as an intruder.
"Beast and Man in India" by John Lockwood Kipling
The toreador chivied the bull round the ring, trying to get it face foremost.
"Poor Folk in Spain" by Jan Gordon
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