from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Conforming to the current fashion; stylish.
  • adjective Adopting or setting current fashions and styles; sophisticated: synonym: fashionable.
  • noun The quality or state of being stylish; fashionableness.
  • noun Sophistication in dress and manner; elegance.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective stylish; elegant
  • noun Good form; style.

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

  • adjective elegant and stylish
  • noun 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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

    September 28, 2007

  • I prefer sheikh.

    September 28, 2007

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

    March 2, 2008

  • 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