chivy


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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.]

chivy

(ˈtʃɪvɪ) or

chivvy

;

chevy

vb, chivies, chivying, chivied, chivvies, chivvying, chivvied, chevies, chevying or chevied
1. (tr) to harass or nag
2. (tr) to hunt
3. (intr) to run about
n, pl chivies, chivvies or chevies
4. (Hunting) a hunt
5. (Hunting) obsolete a hunting cry
[C19: variant of chevy, probably from Chevy Chase, title of a Scottish border ballad]

chivy


Past participle: chivied
Gerund: chivying

Imperative
chivy
chivy
Present
I chivy
you chivy
he/she/it chivies
we chivy
you chivy
they chivy
Preterite
I chivied
you chivied
he/she/it chivied
we chivied
you chivied
they chivied
Present Continuous
I am chivying
you are chivying
he/she/it is chivying
we are chivying
you are chivying
they are chivying
Present Perfect
I have chivied
you have chivied
he/she/it has chivied
we have chivied
you have chivied
they have chivied
Past Continuous
I was chivying
you were chivying
he/she/it was chivying
we were chivying
you were chivying
they were chivying
Past Perfect
I had chivied
you had chivied
he/she/it had chivied
we had chivied
you had chivied
they had chivied
Future
I will chivy
you will chivy
he/she/it will chivy
we will chivy
you will chivy
they will chivy
Future Perfect
I will have chivied
you will have chivied
he/she/it will have chivied
we will have chivied
you will have chivied
they will have chivied
Future Continuous
I will be chivying
you will be chivying
he/she/it will be chivying
we will be chivying
you will be chivying
they will be chivying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been chivying
you have been chivying
he/she/it has been chivying
we have been chivying
you have been chivying
they have been chivying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been chivying
you will have been chivying
he/she/it will have been chivying
we will have been chivying
you will have been chivying
they will have been chivying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been chivying
you had been chivying
he/she/it had been chivying
we had been chivying
you had been chivying
they had been chivying
Conditional
I would chivy
you would chivy
he/she/it would chivy
we would chivy
you would chivy
they would chivy
Past Conditional
I would have chivied
you would have chivied
he/she/it would have chivied
we would have chivied
you would have chivied
they would have chivied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.chivy - annoy continually or chronicallychivy - 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
References in classic literature ?
mirk midnight' and chivy round to pull the bedstead out of the drip -- and it was one of those solid, old-fashioned beds that weigh a ton -- more or less.
I would have liked to see a system where fans don't have to chivy and chase for every tiny little detail and things happen in due process.
1905 Musical C Collette Patter 19/04/1907 (T) Drama G Lawrence Henry Babbington 06/05/1907 (T) Drama C Dickens Micawber Comedy T W Robertson Squire Chivy Farce A C Troughton Vandyke 24/06/1907 (T) Drama C Pollock Edward - 05/07/1907 Ramsay 06/07/1907 (T) Drama C Pollock Ramsay - 26/07/1907 Musical C Collette Patter 24/10/1907 (T) Drama C Dickens Maj.