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chivy

verb \ˈchi-vē\

Definition of chivy

chiv·ied or chiv·viedchivy·ing or chiv·vy·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to tease or annoy with persistent petty attacks

  3. 2 :  to move or obtain by small maneuvers <chivy an olive out of a bottle>



Examples of chivy

  1. <a boss with a reputation for chivying his workers about every little thing>



Variants of chivy

or chiv·vy play \ˈchi-vē\

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

Synonym Discussion of chivy

bait, badger, heckle, hector, chivy, hound mean to harass by efforts to break down. bait implies wanton cruelty or delight in persecuting a helpless victim <baited the chained dog>. badger implies pestering so as to drive a person to confusion or frenzy <badgered her father for a car>. heckle implies persistent annoying or belligerent interruptions of a speaker <drunks heckled the stand-up comic>. hector carries an implication of bullying and domineering <football players hectored by their coach>. chivy suggests persecution by teasing or nagging <chivied the new student mercilessly>. hound implies unrelenting pursuit and harassing <hounded by creditors>.

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