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Alternative forms[edit]


From chi-ike. [1]


  • IPA(key): /ʃaijæk/, /tʃaijæk/


chiack (third-person singular simple present chiacks, present participle chiacking, simple past and past participle chiacked)

  1. (Australia) To taunt or tease in jest.
    • 1987, Sheila Anderson, End of the Season, in Anna Gibbs, Alison Tilson (editors), Frictions, An Anthology of Fiction by Women, page 45,
      They were cheerful enough, liked a bit of chiacking, and the women enjoyed the bawdy undertones of their jokes.
    • 2008, Helen Garner, The Art of the Dumb Question, in True Stories: Selected Non-Fiction, page 13,
      Most poignantly of all, though, when I get fed up with working alone, I remember Victorian high school staffrooms of the sixties and seventies: the rigid hierarchy with its irritations, but also the chiacking, the squabbles, the timely advice from some old stager with a fag drooping off his lip.
    • 2008, Graeme Blundell, The Naked Truth: A Life in Parts, 2011, unnumbered page,
      We believed Melbourne′s two most extraordinary institutions were those of chiacking – taking the piss – and larrikinism. Although the latter would develop derogatory connotations, and chiacking was already beginning to die a slow death, sometimes perceived as offensive in its more alcoholic forms, especially by the women in our group.
  2. (Britain) To taunt maliciously.
    The gang of youths chiacked the academic.



  1. ^ "chiack", entry in 2009, Susan Butler, The Dinkum Dictionary: The Origins of Australian Words, page 70 — The origin is in British English—the costermonger′s cry of commendation ‘chi-ike’—turned ironic and aggressive.