chive .—A plant allied to the onion, of which the young leaves are used in omelets, etc.
or CHIFF. A knife, file: or saw. To chive the darbies; to file off the irons or fetters. To chive the bouhgs of the frows; to cut off women's pockets.
a knife; also used as a verb, to knife. In all these cases the word is pronounced as though written chiv  or chivvy.
or chivey , a shout, a halloo, or cheer; loud tongued. Probably from chevy-chase , a boy's game, in which the word chevy  is bawled aloud. Dickens uses the word chivey  in Bleak House  rather freely, but there it is from the other phase of chevy-chase  which follows.