chick

Definitions

  • Hen & Chicks
    Hen & Chicks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chick young bird especially of domestic fowl
    • n chick informal terms for a (young) woman
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Additional illustrations & photos:

BETTY'S CHICKS BETTY'S CHICKS
PTARMIGAN CHICKS PTARMIGAN CHICKS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chick A chicken.
    • Chick A child or young person; -- a term of endearment.
    • Chick a young woman; -- often considered offensive.
    • v. i Chick chĭk To sprout, as seed in the ground; to vegetate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chick A chicken; particularly, the young of the domestic hen, and of some other birds, as partridges. At exhibitions of poultry, a specimen less than one year old, whether cockerel or pullet, is termed a chick. When over one year old, the chick becomes a fowl. See chicken.
    • chick To peep; cheep; make the characteristic cry of a young chick.
    • chick To sprout, as seed in the ground; vegetate.
    • chick To crack.
    • n chick A crack; a flaw.
    • n chick 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 chick A name for the thick juice of the poppy, three pounds of which will make about one pound of opium.
    • n chick An abbreviated form of chickeen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chick chik the young of fowls, esp. of the hen: a child, as a term of endearment
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Whether a fellow winds up with a nest egg or a goose egg depends a heap on the kind of chick he married.”
  • Wall Street Journal
    Wall Street Journal
    “Whether you wind up with a nest egg or a goose egg depends on the kind of chick you married”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. chykkyn, chyke, chicken,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cicen; cf. Dut. kieken, Ger. küchlein.

Usage

In literature:

Nor chick nor child has he.
"Behind the Arras" by Bliss Carman
There are so many cats about, that the poor little chicks have to be shut up in the barn all day.
"The Child's Day" by Woods Hutchinson
BAWLY AND ARABELLA CHICK.
"Bully and Bawly No-Tail" by Howard R. Garis
As it grew higher it hid the leverets and the partridge chicks.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
But her chicks had no such trouble.
"The Tale of Henrietta Hen" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The old hen was clucking in terror to her chicks, her cries having awakened the small boys.
"The Hills of Hingham" by Dallas Lore Sharp
Won't hatch a solitary chick.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume III. (of X.)" by Various
What happens to a chick when it is stopped from hatching?
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
He showed the same fussy solicitude for her welfare that a hen would show for her helpless chicks.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
Just before supper Olie announced that he'd look after my chicks for me.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
Her paw, he had b'longed to de Chicks, so dats who she wuz, Evvie Chick.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
Her time is about up, so perhaps we'll find some little chicks.
"A Sweet Little Maid" by Amy E. Blanchard
He watches Chick hand-rub the hoss fur a while 'n' then he pulls out a roll 'n' eases Chick two bucks.
"Blister Jones" by John Taintor Foote
The latter had neither wife nor child, tho a few chicks, and took our burglarious occupation very good-humoredly.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Vol VIII" by Various
But how, you ask, could they let the fox devour all the poor chicks?
"Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm" by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
What do you think about it, my chicks?
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, January 1878, No. 3" by Various
We lived on a plantation with some white people by the name of Chick Johnson.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Don't mind the clavers of an auld man who never had a chick or child of his ain.
"The Price" by Francis Lynde
After the chick is hatched it takes the place of the egg and is carried around in this queer receptacle.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Dey ain't do lak no yuther kinder chick'n, en dey ain't look lak no yuther kinder chick'n.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
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In poetry:

But best of all the little fowls
Still playing on the shore,
Soft downy chicks and goslings gay,
Chirped out, "Dear Goose, lay more."
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
Good little goslings at their play
And well-conducted chicks
Were taught to think poor goosey's flights
Were naughty, ill-bred tricks.
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
"Each time we see a shooting-star
A child is born on earth", she said:
"Six stars were mine, six children born,
But all my chicks are gone, and dead.
"Shooting Stars" by William H Davies
Were there ten men or a hundred hunting Chick?
Were there five men or fifty with aching hearts?
Everybody loved Chick Lorimer.
Nobody knows where she's gone.
"Gone" by Carl Sandburg
"And leisurely the ring-dove on her nest
Broods till her tender chick will peck the shell
And leisurely down fall from ferny crest
The dew-drops on the well;
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
And I mean to lay my bones over yonder by the lake--
By and by when I have nothing else to do--
And I'll give the "chicks" the farm, and I know for Mollie's sake,
That the good and gracious Lord will help 'em through.
"The Pioneer" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

Well it's happened again, it's the season for chicks and the Ellen Trout Zoo is proud to announce the hatching of two Chilean Flamingos.
Hidden Chick-fil-A Billionaires Hatched as Value Soars.
This is a photograph of three chicks hatching in an incubator.
The other night, while in the chicken barn, daughter and I heard "Peep-Peep-Peep", and thought 'baby chick.
Eagle chick moments after hatching .
Human Rights Campaign backs Menino against ' hateful ' Chick-fil-A.
It has not been an easy week for Chick-fil-A, to say the least.
Chick-fil-A chief stirs clucking over values.
Are Teacups the Next Chick-Lit Cover Cliché.
You can send a flock of chicks ($20), a goat ($120), a flock of geese ($20), or honeybees ($30).
On New Mexico chicks- More than just Hep C.Local News.
Film lands ' Hick ' chick.
I love Peeps, for example, those marshmallow chicks rolled in yellow sugar available this time of year.
For a look at more of Hoggs n' Chicks juicy sandwiches and crispy salads, check out our slideshow.
Customers flock to the Chick-fil-A in Oxford Valley for Appreciation Day on Wednesday afternoon.
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In science:

Drawing of the cells of the chick cerebellum, from “Estructura de los centros nerviosos de las aves”, Madrid, 1905.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Figure 2.2: Drawing of the cells of the chick cerebellum, from “Estructura de los centros nerviosos de las aves”, Madrid, 1905.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Obviously, such a chick-and-egg problem can not be solved within the framework of the first law of thermodynamics.
Measuring the Entropy and Testing the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Instead, it seems that other earlier Farmers went on to domesticate six key species still in use (emmer and einkorn wheat, barley, lentils, chick peas, and flax), plus some others tried and abandoned more or less permanently (chenopod. marsh elder) or temporarily (oats, rye, squash, sunflower; Weiss et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
All chicks fledged during week 9 post-hatching. For the earliest breeding female, moulting of body feathers began on 21th May and between 29th June and 7th July for the others.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
In their experiments of nest deprivation Sharp et al. (1988) showed a decline in plasma prolactin in the hen when not given chicks, suggesting that chicks may stimulate or at least maintain to some extent prolactin levels for some period of time after hatching.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
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