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chiv·vy

or chiv·y  (chĭv′ē)
v. chiv·vied, chiv·vy·ing, chiv·vies or chiv·ied or chiv·y·ing or chiv·ies
v.tr.
1. To vex or harass with petty attacks: political opponents who chivvied the senator.
2. To maneuver or secure gradually: "had spent two weeks chivvying this division toward combat readiness" (Tom Clancy).
v.intr.
To scurry.
n. pl. chiv·vies or chiv·ies
1. A hunt or chase.
2. A hunting cry.

[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.]

chiv•vy

or chiv•y

(ˈtʃɪv i)
chiv•vied or chiv•ied, chiv•vy•ing or chiv•y•ing.
1. to chase; run after.
2. to harass; torment.
[1775–85; perhaps short for Chevy Chase, a 15th-century English ballad]

chivvy


Past participle: chivvied
Gerund: chivvying

Imperative
chivvy
chivvy
Present
I chivvy
you chivvy
he/she/it chivvies
we chivvy
you chivvy
they chivvy
Preterite
I chivvied
you chivvied
he/she/it chivvied
we chivvied
you chivvied
they chivvied
Present Continuous
I am chivvying
you are chivvying
he/she/it is chivvying
we are chivvying
you are chivvying
they are chivvying
Present Perfect
I have chivvied
you have chivvied
he/she/it has chivvied
we have chivvied
you have chivvied
they have chivvied
Past Continuous
I was chivvying
you were chivvying
he/she/it was chivvying
we were chivvying
you were chivvying
they were chivvying
Past Perfect
I had chivvied
you had chivvied
he/she/it had chivvied
we had chivvied
you had chivvied
they had chivvied
Future
I will chivvy
you will chivvy
he/she/it will chivvy
we will chivvy
you will chivvy
they will chivvy
Future Perfect
I will have chivvied
you will have chivvied
he/she/it will have chivvied
we will have chivvied
you will have chivvied
they will have chivvied
Future Continuous
I will be chivvying
you will be chivvying
he/she/it will be chivvying
we will be chivvying
you will be chivvying
they will be chivvying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been chivvying
you have been chivvying
he/she/it has been chivvying
we have been chivvying
you have been chivvying
they have been chivvying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been chivvying
you will have been chivvying
he/she/it will have been chivvying
we will have been chivvying
you will have been chivvying
they will have been chivvying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been chivvying
you had been chivvying
he/she/it had been chivvying
we had been chivvying
you had been chivvying
they had been chivvying
Conditional
I would chivvy
you would chivvy
he/she/it would chivvy
we would chivvy
you would chivvy
they would chivvy
Past Conditional
I would have chivvied
you would have chivvied
he/she/it would have chivvied
we would have chivvied
you would have chivvied
they would have chivvied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.chivvy - annoy continually or chronicallychivvy - annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"
needle, goad - goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"
annoy, devil, gravel, irritate, nark, rile, vex, nettle, rag, bother, chafe, get at, get to - cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
bedevil, dun, rag, torment, frustrate, crucify - treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
haze - harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions

chivvy

verb (Brit.) nag, annoy, plague, hound, torment, harass, hassle (informal), prod, badger, pester, breathe down someone's neck (informal), pressure (informal), bug (informal), bend someone's ear (informal) She was very assertive, endlessly chivvying her staff to work harder.
Translations

chivvy

[ˈtʃɪvɪ] VT (Brit) → perseguir, acosar
to chivvy sb into doing sthno dejar en paz a algn hasta que hace algo
chivvy up VT + ADV [+ person] → espabilar

chivvy

[ˈtʃɪvi] vt (British)harceler
to chivvy sb into doing sth → harceler qn jusqu'à ce qu'il fasse qch
to chivvy sb along → presser qn

chivvy

vt (Brit inf: also chivvy along or up) → antreiben; to chivvy somebody into doing somethingjdn dazu antreiben, etw zu tun

chivvy

chivy (Am) [ˈtʃɪvɪ] vt (fam) → tormentare
to chivvy sb into doing sth → tormentare qn perché faccia qc
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