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  • verb Australia To taunt or tease in jest.
  • verb UK To taunt maliciously.


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From chi-ike.


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  • "Will you look at us by the river! The whole restless mob of us on spread blankets in the dreamy briny sunshine skylarking and chiacking about for one day, one clear, clean, sweet day in a good world in the midst of our living. Yachts run before an unfelt gust with bagnecked pelicans riding above them, the city their twitching backdrop, all blocks and points of mirror light down to the water's edge."

    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, p 1 of the Graywolf Press hardcover edition

    March 25, 2010

  • to tease or banter - Australian

    March 25, 2010

  • Sounds like shy + ack.

    Ack :-(

    March 25, 2010

  • bilby, thanks - in my head I'd been (mis)pronouncing it with a ch- like change rather than an sh- like shy.

    March 25, 2010

  • Another thing, I can only remember ever coming across the gerund.

    March 25, 2010

  • "On and on he went with his news, and for two hours afterwards, as we sat chewing the cud of our mail-matter, we could hear him laughing and shouting and 'chiacking'."

    — Aeneas Gunn, 'We of the Never-Never'.

    March 25, 2010