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

  • adj. Conforming to the current fashion; stylish: chic clothes; a chic boutique.
  • adj. Adopting or setting current fashions and styles; sophisticated: chic, well-dressed young executives. See Synonyms at fashionable.
  • n. The quality or state of being stylish; fashionableness.
  • n. Sophistication in dress and manner; elegance.

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  • adj. stylish; elegant
  • n. Good form; style.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Original and in good taste or form; stylish; in current fashion, fashionable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Stylish; effective in style.
  • n. In the fine arts, the faculty of producing effective works with rapidity and ease; cleverness and skill combined with great facility.
  • n. Parisian elegance and fashionableness combined with originality: said of fashion in dress.
  • n. Adroitness; cunning; knowingness.

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  • adj. elegant and stylish
  • n. elegance by virtue of being fashionable


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

French, probably from German Schick, skill, fitness, elegance, from Middle High German (sich) schicken, to outfit (oneself), fit in.

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1855, from French chic, from German schick ("elegance, tact, style, skill"), from Middle High German schicken ("to outfit oneself, fit in, arrange appropriately"), causative of Middle High German geschehen, geschēn ("to happen, rush") from Old High German giskehan ("to happen") from Proto-Germanic *skehanan (“to run, move quickly”), from Proto-Indo-European *skek- (“to run, jump, spring”). Akin to Old English scēon ("to happen"), Dutch schielijk ("hasty").



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  • The standard pronunciation (modeled on the original French) is "sheek". When someone says "chick" to mean "stylish", I assume the person has never connected the spelling c-h-i-c with the word they have always heard pronounced as "sheek".

    September 22, 2008

  • They all sound too close to a certain unnamed noun which is a synonym to "poo."

    March 2, 2008

  • I prefer sheikh.

    September 28, 2007

  • Do you prefer "shick" or "chick"? I like the former, it sounds more sophistimicated.

    September 28, 2007