One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A young bird, especially one newly hatched.
- ‘Parent birds rarely succeed in rearing both of their chicks.’
- ‘You won't need to be patient if you're looking for Peregrine Falcon chicks.’
- ‘After the experiment, we monitored the experimental birds until chicks fledged.’
- ‘The newly hatched chicks run to shore from the burrows, enter the water, and swim to the parents.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In the wild it's the father bird that hatches the eggs and protects the chicks from the mother bird who would kill them.’
- ‘This spring, we've watched as the mother falcon warmed her eggs and saw the falcon chicks right after they hatched.’
- ‘The young chicks fledge or leave the nest in around 60 days and become fully independent in 14 more days.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They climb trees with ease and prey on birds, chicks and eggs in their nests.’
- ‘They climbed trees and devoured eggs, chicks, and birds.’
- ‘Scientists have discovered there is a bird that can detect cuckoo chicks in the nest.’
- ‘After about eighteen days' incubation, one or two chicks will hatch, fledge, and begin to whisper the blue-throat song.’
- ‘Cuckoos con other birds into rearing their chicks because it's so much easier than doing it themselves.’
- ‘But if the mothers are late returning from the ocean with food, the newly hatched chicks will die.’
- ‘These birds eat mice, chicks and any small animal they can find.’
- ‘Yet, the presence of cowbird chicks is often accompanied by a reduction of the number of host chicks and fledglings.’
- ‘A parent feeds only its own chick in the crèche, recognizing the chick by its call note.’
- ‘More and more birds are losing chicks and returning to nest the following year instead of skipping a year.’
- 1.1 A newly hatched domestic fowl.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
2informal A young woman.‘she's a great-looking chick’
young woman, young lady, girl, schoolgirl, slip of a girlView synonyms
- ‘The most puzzling situation happens when a chick rejects you for a less attractive male.’
- ‘You should see all those hot chicks near the school grounds!’
- ‘I'm never going to skate quite like they are, I'm never going to attract as many chicks.’
- ‘Were he and his gift for healing a big hit with the chicks in high school?’
- ‘I keep forgetting broads don't like it when you call them chicks.’
- ‘He's the kind of guy that'd be interested in Goth punk chicks, not girls like me.’
- ‘Beauty contests should be about hot chicks in skimpy outfits.’
- ‘If you were a woman you'd be a girly girl and grungy chicks aren't your thing.’
- ‘You'll see lots of attractive chicks with nothing to do and no real job descriptions.’
- ‘I'm not one of those groupie chicks who only likes sports for the hot babe action.’
- ‘Even when she became fashionable and the school chick, she still remained my stubborn, loyal friend, willing to defend me.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Dumb blond actress chicks look really good up on a big movie screen or on the pages of a magazine.’
- ‘It is more important to be you than to be the hottest chick or guy in school.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Why work out when you can wow the chicks with these beauties!’
- ‘A slight catfight was going on between a popular bimbo chick and a new girl.’
neither chick nor child
dialect No children at all.
- ‘She had neither chick nor child poor soul, but she was well-respected and good to the poor.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Some policy analysts, like myself, have neither chick nor child, and are dealing solely with educational theory.’
- ‘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.’
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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