chick

[ chik ]
/ tʃɪk /

noun

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

QUIZZES

FOR POSTERITY’S SAKE, TAKE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

Are words your bailiwick? Take the latest quiz on the words from July 6 to July 12 to find out.
Question 1 of 7
bailiwick

Origin of chick

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

usage note for chick

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.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH chick

chic chick

Definition for chick (2 of 2)

Corea
[ kuh-ree-uh ]
/ kəˈri ə /

noun

Ar·man·do Anthony [ahr-mahn-doh] /ɑrˈmɑn doʊ/, Chick,born 1941, U.S. jazz pianist and composer.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for chick

British Dictionary definitions for chick

chick
/ (tʃɪk) /

noun

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012