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[chiv-ee] /ˈtʃɪv i/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), chivvied, chivvying, noun, plural chivvies.
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British Dictionary definitions for chivvy


verb chivies, chivying, chivied, chivvies, chivvying, chivvied, chevies, chevying, chevied
(transitive) to harass or nag
(transitive) to hunt
(intransitive) to run about
noun (pl) chivies, chivvies, chevies
a hunt
(obsolete) a hunting cry
Word Origin
C19: variant of chevy, probably from Chevy Chase, title of a Scottish border ballad
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Word Origin and History for chivvy

"harass," 1918, from alternative form of chevy (1830) "to chase," from a noun chevy (1824, also used as a hunting cry, c.1785), from chevy chase "a running pursuit," probably from the "Ballad of Chevy Chase," popular song from 15c. describing a hunting party on the borderland that turned into a battle between the English and the Scots (the incident probably late 14c.). The place is probably originally Cheviot Chase.

The old song of Chevy-Chase is the favourite ballad of the common people of England, and Ben Jonson used to say, he had rather have been the author of it than of all his works. [Addison, "spectator" No. 70, May 21, 1711]

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Slang definitions & phrases for chivvy



To harry and annoy; badger; bug, hassle

[1821+; perhaps fr Chevy Chase, site of a skirmish between the English and the Scots, which came to mean ''a running pursuit'' in Yorkshire dialect; chivy came to mean ''pursue'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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