Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See chevy.
- n. A hunt or chase.
- n. A hunting cry.
- v. transitive To vex or harass with petty attacks.
- v. transitive To maneuver or secure gradually.
- v. intransitive To scurry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Slang, Eng. To goad, drive, hunt, throw, or pitch; to repeatedly cause annoyance or concern to.
- v. annoy continually or chronically
“Every year I have some seven such hopefuls whom, to express it in the students 'slang, I "chivy" or "floor.”
“They are not in a hurry, nor "chivy" over their work either; the tides rise and fall slowly, and they work in correspondence.”
“Little Monsters has been sitting on the shelf for months in proof copy, but it took a tempting review over at John Self's Asylum and the arrival of an actual published version of the book to chivy me into action.”
“And as husbands and wives we are to encourage, grow, chivy and take care of each other in any number of ways.”
“But already all the loafers and roughs in the place seemed to be congregated round the entrance, after the polite custom of the country to chivy, or boo, or huzza those who went in.”
“One man mounts a white pony, and galloping before the elephant, induces him, as he readily does, — firearms being unknown, — to charge and “chivy.””
“Seeing that the human was steadily expanding the distance between them, Jemunu-jah did his best to chivy the Deyzara forward.”
“It yelped and ran under the bed, and then the two of them had to get under the bed and chivy the creature out and calm it, or actually Kelsie did the calming while Marlene sat and tried to control her irritation.”
“Though when I tried to chivy him along, he ignored it just as stubbornly as everybody else did.”
“Benlo wanted more than a boy to chivy his flock to Carcosa.”
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