Definition of chivy
chiv·ied or chiv·viedchivy·ing or chiv·vy·ing
1 : to tease or annoy with persistent petty attacks
2 : to move or obtain by small maneuvers <chivy an olive out of a bottle>
Examples of chivy
<a boss with a reputation for chivying his workers about every little thing>
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Origin of chivy
chivy, noun, chase, hunt, probably from English dialect Chevy Chase chase, confusion, from the name of a ballad describing the battle of Otterburn (1388)
First Known Use: 1918
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