- showily or affectedly elegant or trendy; pretentious.
- a chichi person or thing.
- the quality of being chichi.
Origin of chichi
Borrowed into English from French around 1905–10
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1. flashy, ostentatious, flamboyant.
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Examples from the Web for chichi
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Their flash and trash made sense in LA—hulking hairdos, blinding bling, chichi couture, froufrou wheels, rococoocoo estates, etc.What I Saw at the Revolution
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While she was fighting with the Chichi brothers, Tsanunewa ran on, ran to the west.Creation Myths of Primitive America
Chichi irritated him because of the independence of her tastes.
In times of peace, Chichi had rather admired this personage.
Chichi turned her great eyes in astonishment from one side to the other.
The first person that he encountered on his arrival was Chichi.
- affectedly pretty or stylish
- the quality of being affectedly pretty or stylish
C20: from French
- a person of mixed British and Indian descent; Anglo-Indian
- (as modifier)a chichi accent
C18: perhaps from Hindi chhī-chhī, literally: dirt, or perhaps imitative of their supposed singsong speech
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