chica

n.

"young girl," U.S. slang, c.2002, from American Spanish chica "girl," fem. of chico "boy," noun use of adjective meaning "small" (here used as an affectionate term of address), from Latin ciccum, literally "chick-pea," figurative of an object of little value (cf. Old French chiche).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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