chico

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See also: CHICO, Chico, and chi̱co

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish chico.

Noun[edit]

chico (plural chicos)

  1. (Canada, US, informal) A Latin-American boy; a Latino.

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish chicozapote (through a regional abbreviation), from Nahuatl xicotzapotl. Cognate of chicle.

Noun[edit]

chico (plural chicos)

  1. The fruit of the sapodilla, Manilkara zapota

Etymology 3[edit]

Perhaps from Spanish choclo, influded by chico.

Noun[edit]

chico (plural chicos)

  1. (American Southwest, chiefly in the plural) Sweet corn that has been cooked and dried on the cob.

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

chico m (plural chicos)

  1. (Brazil, regional, slang) ass (the anus)
  2. (Brazil, regional, slang) period (menstruation)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Indirectly related to Latin ciccum (insignificant thing; trifle); found in several Romance languages as an expressive creation.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃiko/
  • Hyphenation: chi‧co

Adjective[edit]

chico (feminine singular chica, masculine plural chicos, feminine plural chicas)

  1. small
    Synonym: pequeño

Descendants[edit]

  • Papiamentu: chikí, chikitu

Noun[edit]

chico m (plural chicos, feminine chica, feminine plural chicas)

  1. boy; kid
    Synonyms: cabro, chamaco, chaval, chavo, muchacho, niño

Usage notes[edit]

The noun chico is like several other Spanish nouns with a human referent. The masculine forms are used when the referent is known to be male, a group of males, a group of mixed or unknown gender, or an individual of unknown or unspecified gender. The feminine forms are used if the referent is known to be female or a group of females.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Yucatec Maya chiʼik.

Noun[edit]

chico m (plural chicos)

  1. (Mexico) white-nosed coati (Nasua Narica)
  2. (Mexico) raccoon (Procyon lotor)

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Tagalog[edit]

Noun[edit]

chico

  1. sapodilla fruit