One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A young bird, especially one newly hatched.
- ‘The young chicks fledge or leave the nest in around 60 days and become fully independent in 14 more days.’
- ‘These birds eat mice, chicks and any small animal they can find.’
- ‘More and more birds are losing chicks and returning to nest the following year instead of skipping a year.’
- ‘The Polynesians also accidentally introduced rats, which may have fed on the eggs and chicks of ground-nesting birds.’
- ‘Scientists have discovered there is a bird that can detect cuckoo chicks in the nest.’
- ‘A parent feeds only its own chick in the crèche, recognizing the chick by its call note.’
- ‘This spring, we've watched as the mother falcon warmed her eggs and saw the falcon chicks right after they hatched.’
- ‘Parent birds rarely succeed in rearing both of their chicks.’
- ‘Young chicks are brooded for an unknown period of time after hatching.’
- ‘The newly hatched chicks run to shore from the burrows, enter the water, and swim to the parents.’
- ‘After the experiment, we monitored the experimental birds until chicks fledged.’
- ‘Cuckoos con other birds into rearing their chicks because it's so much easier than doing it themselves.’
- ‘In the wild it's the father bird that hatches the eggs and protects the chicks from the mother bird who would kill them.’
- ‘Yet, the presence of cowbird chicks is often accompanied by a reduction of the number of host chicks and fledglings.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘After about eighteen days' incubation, one or two chicks will hatch, fledge, and begin to whisper the blue-throat song.’
- ‘But if the mothers are late returning from the ocean with food, the newly hatched chicks will die.’
- ‘You won't need to be patient if you're looking for Peregrine Falcon chicks.’
- ‘They climb trees with ease and prey on birds, chicks and eggs in their nests.’
- ‘They climbed trees and devoured eggs, chicks, and birds.’
- 1.1 A newly hatched domestic fowl.
- ‘I also used domestic chicks with prior experience of both prey types as predators.’
- ‘In the battle against bird flu, international health authorities must handle a thriving legal trade in live birds and chicks.’
- ‘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’
young woman, young lady, girl, schoolgirl, slip of a girlView synonyms
- ‘Dumb blond actress chicks look really good up on a big movie screen or on the pages of a magazine.’
- ‘Both chicks, I have to say, are stunningly attractive; classic beauties who radiate an unmediated sexiness.’
- ‘I'm never going to skate quite like they are, I'm never going to attract as many chicks.’
- ‘Why work out when you can wow the chicks with these beauties!’
- ‘Beauty contests should be about hot chicks in skimpy outfits.’
- ‘I keep forgetting broads don't like it when you call them chicks.’
- ‘You'll see lots of attractive chicks with nothing to do and no real job descriptions.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There was a chick from Cross High School that Sam recognized.’
- ‘Were he and his gift for healing a big hit with the chicks in high school?’
- ‘A slight catfight was going on between a popular bimbo chick and a new girl.’
- ‘He's the kind of guy that'd be interested in Goth punk chicks, not girls like me.’
- ‘It is more important to be you than to be the hottest chick or guy in school.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Even when she became fashionable and the school chick, she still remained my stubborn, loyal friend, willing to defend me.’
- ‘You should see all those hot chicks near the school grounds!’
- ‘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.’
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.’
- ‘She had neither chick nor child poor soul, but she was well-respected and good to the poor.’
- ‘I have left to me neither chick nor child; all are gone, and in my will I have left you everything.’
- ‘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.’
Middle English: abbreviation of chicken.
(in South Asia) a folding bamboo screen for a doorway.
From Urdu chik, from Persian čigh.
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