chichi

[shee-shee]

adjective

showily or affectedly elegant or trendy; pretentious.

noun

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

Origin of chichi

Borrowed into English from French around 1905–10

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chichi

1

adjective

affectedly pretty or stylish

noun

the quality of being affectedly pretty or stylish

Word Origin for chichi

C20: from French

chichi

2

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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