Chick



[chik] /tʃɪk/

noun
1.
a young chicken or other bird.
2.
a child.
3.
Slang: Often Offensive. a term used to refer to a girl or young woman.
[kuh-ree-uh] /kəˈri ə/
noun
1.
Armando Anthony [ahr-mahn-doh] /ɑrˈmɑn doʊ/ (Show IPA), (“Chick”) born 1941, U.S. jazz pianist and composer.
/tʃɪk/
noun
1.
the young of a bird, esp of a domestic fowl
2.
(slang) a girl or young woman, esp an attractive one
3.
a young child: used as a term of endearment
n.

mid-14c., shortening of chicken (n.), extended to human offspring (often in alliterative pairing chick and child) and thence used as a term of endearment. As slang for “young woman” it is first recorded 1927 (in “Elmer Gantry”), supposedly from U.S. black slang. In British use in this sense by c.1940; popularized by Beatniks late 1950s. Chicken in this sense is from 1711. Sometimes c.1600-1900 chicken was taken as a plural, chick as a singular (cf. child/children) for the domestic fowl.

noun

A woman, esp a young woman

Related Terms

hip chick, slick chick

[1927+ Black; fr chicken; popularized in the beat and hippie movements]

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