Main definitions of chick in English

: chick1chick2

chick1

noun

  • 1A young bird, especially one newly hatched.

    ‘the cattle egrets hatched and reared two chicks’
    [with modifier] ‘cuckoo chicks’
    • ‘You won't need to be patient if you're looking for Peregrine Falcon chicks.’
    • ‘In the wild it's the father bird that hatches the eggs and protects the chicks from the mother bird who would kill them.’
    • ‘The Polynesians also accidentally introduced rats, which may have fed on the eggs and chicks of ground-nesting birds.’
    • ‘Young chicks are brooded for an unknown period of time after hatching.’
    • ‘The young chicks fledge or leave the nest in around 60 days and become fully independent in 14 more days.’
    • ‘This spring, we've watched as the mother falcon warmed her eggs and saw the falcon chicks right after they hatched.’
    • ‘A parent feeds only its own chick in the crèche, recognizing the chick by its call note.’
    • ‘The newly hatched chicks run to shore from the burrows, enter the water, and swim to the parents.’
    • ‘He hatched and hand-reared 22 chicks at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, which is home to the largest colony of breeding flamingoes in the county.’
    • ‘More and more birds are losing chicks and returning to nest the following year instead of skipping a year.’
    • ‘Yet, the presence of cowbird chicks is often accompanied by a reduction of the number of host chicks and fledglings.’
    • ‘These birds eat mice, chicks and any small animal they can find.’
    • ‘They climbed trees and devoured eggs, chicks, and birds.’
    • ‘Cuckoos con other birds into rearing their chicks because it's so much easier than doing it themselves.’
    • ‘Parent birds rarely succeed in rearing both of their chicks.’
    • ‘Scientists have discovered there is a bird that can detect cuckoo chicks in the nest.’
    • ‘After the experiment, we monitored the experimental birds until chicks fledged.’
    • ‘After about eighteen days' incubation, one or two chicks will hatch, fledge, and begin to whisper the blue-throat song.’
    • ‘They climb trees with ease and prey on birds, chicks and eggs in their nests.’
    • ‘But if the mothers are late returning from the ocean with food, the newly hatched chicks will die.’
    1. 1.1A newly hatched young domestic fowl.
      ‘dozens of fluffy, chirruping chicks hatched out’
      • ‘In the battle against bird flu, international health authorities must handle a thriving legal trade in live birds and chicks.’
      • ‘I also used domestic chicks with prior experience of both prey types as predators.’
      • ‘A good hatch from a small incubator is indicated when 70 percent or more of the eggs hatch, and the chicks are active and fluffy.’
  • 2informal A young woman.

    ‘she's a great-looking chick’
    • ‘Even when she became fashionable and the school chick, she still remained my stubborn, loyal friend, willing to defend me.’
    • ‘I keep forgetting broads don't like it when you call them chicks.’
    • ‘I'm never going to skate quite like they are, I'm never going to attract as many chicks.’
    • ‘He used his role as a journalist to meet high school chicks, and the nation is outraged, simply outraged that a journalist would manipulate someone in that way.’
    • ‘It is more important to be you than to be the hottest chick or guy in school.’
    • ‘There was a chick from Cross High School that Sam recognized.’
    • ‘You'll see lots of attractive chicks with nothing to do and no real job descriptions.’
    • ‘A slight catfight was going on between a popular bimbo chick and a new girl.’
    • ‘Beauty contests should be about hot chicks in skimpy outfits.’
    • ‘Were he and his gift for healing a big hit with the chicks in high school?’
    • ‘You'll be hard-pressed to find a Western chick that is as feminine as your average Japanese girl and as petite and kind-hearted.’
    • ‘Dumb blond actress chicks look really good up on a big movie screen or on the pages of a magazine.’
    • ‘You should see all those hot chicks near the school grounds!’
    • ‘He's the kind of guy that'd be interested in Goth punk chicks, not girls like me.’
    • ‘Why work out when you can wow the chicks with these beauties!’
    • ‘The most puzzling situation happens when a chick rejects you for a less attractive male.’
    • ‘If you were a woman you'd be a girly girl and grungy chicks aren't your thing.’
    • ‘Both chicks, I have to say, are stunningly attractive; classic beauties who radiate an unmediated sexiness.’
    • ‘If you think of girl bands merely as hot chicks who can sing and dance, think again.’
    • ‘I'm not one of those groupie chicks who only likes sports for the hot babe action.’
    young woman, young lady, girl, schoolgirl, slip of a girl
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Phrases

  • neither chick nor child

    • dialect No children at all.

      • ‘I look back and see how the universe opened the way and here I am five years later, a full-time professional protester of no fixed abode and neither chick nor child to show for it.’
      • ‘Some policy analysts, like myself, have neither chick nor child, and are dealing solely with educational theory.’
      • ‘I will say in a hot minute that I have neither chick nor child in that war so can sleep at night because nobody will be showing up on my doorstep to tell me my loved ones is dead.’
      • ‘I have left to me neither chick nor child; all are gone, and in my will I have left you everything.’
      • ‘She had neither chick nor child poor soul, but she was well-respected and good to the poor.’

Origin

Middle English: abbreviation of chicken.

Pronunciation:

chick

/tʃɪk/

Main definitions of chick in English

: chick1chick2

chick2

noun

  • (in South Asia) a folding bamboo screen for a doorway.

Origin

From Urdu chik, from Persian čigh.

Pronunciation:

chick

/tʃɪk/