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[chik] /tʃɪk/
a young chicken or other bird.
a child.
Slang: Often Offensive. a term used to refer to a girl or young woman.
Origin of chick
1275-1325; Middle English chike, variant of chiken chicken
Can be confused
chic, chick.
Usage note
As a term used to refer to a young woman, chick is slightly dated. Originally it was perceived as insulting because of the perception that it infantilized women. Now the word has been embraced by some women as a positive term of self-reference and an expression of camaraderie. When used as a modifier, as in chick flick and chick lit, its meaning is not restricted to young women and its use is not offensive.


[kuh-ree-uh] /kəˈri ə/
Armando Anthony [ahr-mahn-doh] /ɑrˈmɑn doʊ/ (Show IPA), ("Chick") born 1941, U.S. jazz pianist and composer. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for chick
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  • This is all of the egg which thus far represents the chick itself.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • As yet, we have seen no arrangement for furnishing air to the chick.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • They never stopped long where there were houses; they had no wife, no chick, no home, never a chum.

    To-morrow Joseph Conrad
  • If we say the chick is unintelligent, we must certainly say the infant is unintelligent.

  • I expressed to him my surprise that he should fuss about me like an old hen over a chick.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for chick


the young of a bird, esp of a domestic fowl
(slang) a girl or young woman, esp an attractive one
a young child: used as a term of endearment
Word Origin
C14: short for chicken
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chick

mid-14c., shortening of chicken (n.), extended to human offspring (often in alliterative pairing chick and child) and thence used as a term of endearment. As slang for "young woman" it is first recorded 1927 (in "Elmer Gantry"), supposedly from U.S. black slang. In British use in this sense by c.1940; popularized by Beatniks late 1950s. Chicken in this sense is from 1711. Sometimes c.1600-1900 chicken was taken as a plural, chick as a singular (cf. child/children) for the domestic fowl.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chick



A woman, esp a young woman

Related Terms

hip chick, slick chick

[1927+ Black; fr chicken; popularized in the beat and hippie movements]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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