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A baby chicken (chick), Gallus gallus domesticus

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English chicke, chike, variation of chiken (chicken", also "chick), from Old English ċicen, ċycen (chicken). Sense of "young woman" first attested in Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis (1927) [1]. More at chicken.


  • IPA(key): /t͡ʃɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪk


chick (plural chicks or (obsolete) chicken)

  1. A young bird.
  2. A young chicken.
  3. (slang, often derogatory) A young, especially attractive, woman or teenage girl.
    Three cool chicks / Are walking down the street / Swinging their hips — song "Three Cool Cats" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
    • 1927, Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry:
      He had determined that marriage now would cramp his advancement in the church and that, anyway, he didn't want to marry this brainless little fluffy chick, who would be of no help in impressing rich parishioners.
    • 2004, Tess Pendergrass, Bad moon rising:
      I can't believe you've got a hot chick in that ratty apartment with you.
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chick (third-person singular simple present chicks, present participle chicking, simple past and past participle chicked)

  1. (obsolete) To sprout, as seed does in the ground; to vegetate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chalmers to this entry?)


Etymology 2[edit]

From Hindi चिक f (cik) and Urdu چق f (ciq), ultimately from Persian چق f (ciq).


chick (plural chicks)

  1. (India, Pakistan) A screen or blind made of finely slit bamboo and twine, hung in doorways or windows.
    • 1890, Rudyard Kipling, Letter to William Canton, 5 April, 1890, in Sandra Kemp and Lisa Lewis (eds.) Writings on writing by Rudyard Kipling, Cambridge University Press, 1996, p. 34, [1]
      Then, through a cautiously lifted chick, the old scene stands revealed []
    • 1905, A. C. Newcombe, Village, Town, and Jungle Life in India, Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, Chapter VII p. 106, [2]
      It is not uncommon at meal-time to see the table servants chasing the sparrows about the room, endeavouring to drive them out while some one holds up the "chick" or bamboo net which covers the doorway.
    • 1934, George Orwell, Burmese Days, Chapter 2, [3]
      [] at this time of day all the verandas were curtained with green bamboo chicks.
    • 1999, Kevin Rushby, Chasing the Mountain of Light: Across India on the Trail of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond, New York: St. Martin's Press, Chapter 10, p. 216, [4]
      Outside I could hear the bamboo chick tapping on the door like a blind man's stick on a kerbstone.
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  • J. Poole W. Barnes, A Glossary, with Some Pieces of Verse, of the Old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy (1867)