Definition of chick in English:



  • 1A young bird, especially one newly 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.’
    • ‘Cuckoos con other birds into rearing their chicks because it's so much easier than doing it themselves.’
    • ‘They climbed trees and devoured eggs, chicks, and birds.’
    • ‘Young chicks are brooded for an unknown period of time after hatching.’
    • ‘More and more birds are losing chicks and returning to nest the following year instead of skipping a year.’
    • ‘Parent birds rarely succeed in rearing both of their chicks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After the experiment, we monitored the experimental birds until chicks fledged.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the wild it's the father bird that hatches the eggs and protects the chicks from the mother bird who would kill them.’
    • ‘After about eighteen days' incubation, one or two chicks will hatch, fledge, and begin to whisper the blue-throat song.’
    • ‘Scientists have discovered there is a bird that can detect cuckoo chicks in the nest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Polynesians also accidentally introduced rats, which may have fed on the eggs and chicks of ground-nesting birds.’
    • ‘They climb trees with ease and prey on birds, chicks and eggs in their nests.’
    1. 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’
    • ‘You'll see lots of attractive chicks with nothing to do and no real job descriptions.’
    • ‘He's the kind of guy that'd be interested in Goth punk chicks, not girls like me.’
    • ‘You should see all those hot chicks near the school grounds!’
    • ‘If you were a woman you'd be a girly girl and grungy chicks aren't your thing.’
    • ‘There was a chick from Cross High School that Sam recognized.’
    • ‘I'm never going to skate quite like they are, I'm never going to attract as many chicks.’
    • ‘Beauty contests should be about hot chicks in skimpy outfits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you think of girl bands merely as hot chicks who can sing and dance, think again.’
    • ‘A slight catfight was going on between a popular bimbo chick and a new girl.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both chicks, I have to say, are stunningly attractive; classic beauties who radiate an unmediated sexiness.’
    • ‘The most puzzling situation happens when a chick rejects you for a less attractive male.’
    • ‘Why work out when you can wow the chicks with these beauties!’
    • ‘Dumb blond actress chicks look really good up on a big movie screen or on the pages of a magazine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is more important to be you than to be the hottest chick or guy in school.’
    young woman, young lady, girl, schoolgirl, slip of a girl
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Middle English: abbreviation of chicken.