chichi

[ shee-shee ]
/ ˈʃiˌʃi /

adjective

showily or affectedly elegant or trendy; pretentious.

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. chicha,
  2. chichagof island,
  3. chichen itzá,
  4. chichester,
  5. chichewa,
  6. chichihaerh,
  7. chichivache,
  8. chichén itzá,
  9. chick,
  10. chick flick

Origin of chichi

Borrowed into English from French around 1905–10

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British Dictionary definitions for chichi

chichi

1
/ (ˈʃiːˌʃiː) /

adjective

affectedly pretty or stylish

noun

the quality of being affectedly pretty or stylish

Word Origin for chichi

C20: from French

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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