Main meanings of chick in English

: chick1chick2

chick1

Pronunciation /tʃɪk/

Translate chick into Spanish

noun

  • 1A young bird, especially one newly hatched.

    ‘the cattle egrets hatched and reared two chicks’
    • ‘cuckoo chicks’
    • ‘Cuckoos con other birds into rearing their chicks because it's so much easier than doing it themselves.’
    • ‘After the experiment, we monitored the experimental birds until chicks fledged.’
    • ‘Scientists have discovered there is a bird that can detect cuckoo chicks in the nest.’
    • ‘The young chicks fledge or leave the nest in around 60 days and become fully independent in 14 more days.’
    • ‘Parent birds rarely succeed in rearing both of their chicks.’
    • ‘After about eighteen days' incubation, one or two chicks will hatch, fledge, and begin to whisper the blue-throat song.’
    • ‘In the wild it's the father bird that hatches the eggs and protects the chicks from the mother bird who would kill them.’
    • ‘More and more birds are losing chicks and returning to nest the following year instead of skipping a year.’
    • ‘Young chicks are brooded for an unknown period of time after hatching.’
    • ‘These birds eat mice, chicks and any small animal they can find.’
    • ‘They climbed trees and devoured eggs, chicks, and birds.’
    • ‘The Polynesians also accidentally introduced rats, which may have fed on the eggs and chicks of ground-nesting birds.’
    • ‘A parent feeds only its own chick in the crèche, recognizing the chick by its call note.’
    • ‘Yet, the presence of cowbird chicks is often accompanied by a reduction of the number of host chicks and fledglings.’
    • ‘They climb trees with ease and prey on birds, chicks and eggs in their nests.’
    • ‘But if the mothers are late returning from the ocean with food, the newly hatched chicks will die.’
    • ‘The newly hatched chicks run to shore from the burrows, enter the water, and swim to the parents.’
    • ‘You won't need to be patient if you're looking for Peregrine Falcon chicks.’
    • ‘This spring, we've watched as the mother falcon warmed her eggs and saw the falcon chicks right after they hatched.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1A newly hatched young domestic fowl.
      ‘dozens of fluffy, chirruping chicks hatched out’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘It is more important to be you than to be the hottest chick or guy in school.’
    • ‘Why work out when you can wow the chicks with these beauties!’
    • ‘He's the kind of guy that'd be interested in Goth punk chicks, not girls like me.’
    • ‘There was a chick from Cross High School that Sam recognized.’
    • ‘If you think of girl bands merely as hot chicks who can sing and dance, think again.’
    • ‘I want to be at the bar talking to some chicks.’
    • ‘People just like cool chicks and dudes whispering cool stuff over simple beats.’
    • ‘Some surfer dudes and chicks in the off-season got the bright idea to do some sidewalk surfing.’
    • ‘He's been dating this chick for like a year and boom, engaged.’
    • ‘I've been dating this cool chick for a few weeks now and I really like her.’
    young woman, young lady, girl, slip of a girl

Phrases

    neither chick nor child
    North American dialect
    • No children at all.

      ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

Middle English abbreviation of chicken.

Main meanings of chick in English

: chick1chick2

chick2

Pronunciation /tʃɪk/

Translate chick into Spanish

noun

  • (in South Asia) a folding bamboo screen for a doorway.

Origin

From Urdu chik, from Persian čigh.