[ chik ]
/ tʃɪk /


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

Origin of chick

1275–1325; Middle English chike, variant of chiken chicken
Can be confusedchic chick

Usage 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.

Definition for chick (2 of 2)


[ kuh-ree-uh ]
/ kəˈri ə /


Ar·man·do Anthony [ahr-mahn-doh] /ɑrˈmɑn doʊ/, Chick, born 1941, U.S. jazz pianist and composer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chick


/ (tʃɪk) /


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

Word Origin for chick

C14: short for chicken
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Word Origin and History for chick



mid-14c., shortening of chicken (n.), extended to human offspring (often in alliterative pairing chick and child) and thence used as a term of endearment. As slang for "young woman" it is first recorded 1927 (in "Elmer Gantry"), supposedly from U.S. black slang. In British use in this sense by c.1940; popularized by Beatniks late 1950s. Chicken in this sense is from 1711. Sometimes c.1600-1900 chicken was taken as a plural, chick as a singular (cf. child/children) for the domestic fowl.

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