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chick

[ chik ]

noun

  1. a young chicken or other bird.
  2. a child.
  3. Slang: Often Offensive. a term used to refer to a girl or young woman.


chick

/ tʃɪk /

noun

  1. the young of a bird, esp of a domestic fowl
  2. slang.
    a girl or young woman, esp an attractive one
  3. a young child: used as a term of endearment


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Sensitive Note

As a term used to refer to a young woman, chick is slightly dated. Originally it was perceived as insulting because of the perception that it infantilized women. Now the word has been embraced by some women as a positive term of self-reference and an expression of camaraderie. When used as a modifier, as in chick flick and chick lit, its meaning is not restricted to young women and its use is not offensive.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of chick1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English chike, variant of chiken; chicken

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Word History and Origins

Origin of chick1

C14: short for chicken

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Example Sentences

While nesting with their chicks, however, these rapid raptors need a little peace and quiet, so the park restricts climbing and other activities near nesting sites for several months beginning each March.

On Sea Lion Island in the Falkland Islands, a Gentoo chick approached me and yanked on a Velcro strap on my coat.

If one chick moves even a little in one direction, all the chicks in the huddle follow.

The Portland Press Herald of Maine previously reported the delivery problems with chicks.

From Fortune

We got to a point where it was so much volume that we couldn’t even have the bags available for our chick feed.

From Time

“Chick Chick,” the latest tune by C-Pop sensation Wang Rong, is like “Gangnam Style” on MDMA.

Ernst responded by accusing Braley of sexism because his ad, which featured a baby bird not making a peep, had a “chick” in it.

Sure, there are a few anti-gay outliers: Chick-Fil-A, Hobby Lobby, whatever.

With no events prepared, we hit Chick-fil-A, working the crowd.

Study by the University of Rochester indicates that couples who watch “chick flicks” together are less likely to get divorced.

He had found the lost chick, and clucked low notes of supreme content as he brought him back to the roost.

Besides the groundsel and the chick-weed, he has small pieces of turf for sale, of which larks are very fond.

A great blob of brown sos spurted on to master's chick, and myandrewed down his shert-collar and virging-white weskit.

It is clear that every such individual who, like a chick, leaves the shelter of the maternal wings, must be more or less at sea.

Till you grow tender as a chick,I'm dull as any post; Let us like burs together stick,And warm as any toast.

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