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Definition of "chivvy" []

  • To vex or harass with petty attacks: political opponents who chivvied the senator. (verb-transitive)
  • To maneuver or secure gradually: "had spent two weeks chivvying this division toward combat readiness” ( Tom Clancy). (verb-transitive)
  • To scurry. (verb-intransitive)
  • A hunt or chase. (noun)
  • A hunting cry. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chivvy" in a sentence
  • "He doles out brisk advice and the occasional terse chivvy."
  • "So what can be done to chivvy along a reclusive pop genius?"
  • "If Cameron wants to liven things up, he should chivvy his hosts on a more intriguing question."