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chichi

[ shee-shee ]
/ ˈʃiˌʃi /
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adjective

showily or affectedly elegant or trendy; pretentious.

noun

a chichi person or thing.
the quality of being chichi.

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Origin of chichi

Borrowed into English from French around 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for chichi (1 of 2)

chichi1
/ (ˈʃiːˌʃiː) /

adjective

affectedly pretty or stylish

noun

the quality of being affectedly pretty or stylish

Word Origin for chichi

C20: from French

British Dictionary definitions for chichi (2 of 2)

chichi2
/ (ˈtʃiːˌtʃiː) /

noun plural chichis (formerly, in India)

  1. a person of mixed British and Indian descent; Anglo-Indian
  2. (as modifier)a chichi accent
Also (less common): chee-chee

Word Origin for chichi

C18: perhaps from Hindi chhī-chhī, literally: dirt, or perhaps imitative of their supposed singsong speech
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