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chick

[ chik ]
/ tʃɪk /
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Definition of chick

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

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English chike, variant of chiken; see origin at 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
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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
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