from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young chicken.
  • n. The young of any bird.
  • n. A child.
  • n. Slang A girl or young woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young bird.
  • n. A young chicken.
  • n. (Discuss(+) this sense) A young (especially attractive) woman.
  • n. A woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A chicken.
  • n. A child or young person; -- a term of endearment.
  • n. a young woman; -- often considered offensive.
  • intransitive v. To sprout, as seed in the ground; to vegetate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To peep; cheep; make the characteristic cry of a young chick.
  • To sprout, as seed in the ground; vegetate.
  • To crack.
  • n. A chicken; particularly, the young of the domestic hen, and of some other birds, as partridges.
  • n. A crack; a flaw.
  • n. In India, a screen or curtain made of thin slips of bamboo with very narrow openings between them, allowing the admission of air and light, while excluding the view from the outside: it is hung in doorways and windows, both in houses and tents, and is the original of a kind of blind or shade now common in Europe and America.
  • n. A name for the thick juice of the poppy, three pounds of which will make about one pound of opium.
  • n. An abbreviated form of chickeen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. young bird especially of domestic fowl
  • n. informal terms for a (young) woman


Middle English chike, variant of chiken, chicken; see chicken.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English chike, variation of chiken ("chicken"), from Old English ċicen, cycen ("chicken"). Sense of "young woman" first attested in Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis (1927) . More at chicken. (Wiktionary)



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