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


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