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

Origin of chichi

Borrowed into English from French around 1905–10

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  1. affectedly pretty or stylish
  1. 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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