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"young girl," U.S. slang, c.2002, from American Spanish chica "girl," fem. of chico "boy," noun use of adjective meaning "small" (here used as an affectionate term of address), from Latin ciccum, literally "chick-pea," figurative of an object of little value (cf. Old French chiche).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • From the scarcity of the chica, its employment is almost exclusively confined to the chiefs and higher orders, their nobility.

  • Besides, we can be decent longer on flour than we can on chica.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • Great steel bottles, large as chica: bits of bottles, carrying off men's heads?

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • "I am not pretty chica, and I am not little," she cried angrily.

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett
  • "Come in, chica" (girl), said her mistress, making a sign for her to approach.

    The Bee Hunters Gustave Aimard
  • The liquor is then poured off and left to deposit a settlement, which forms the chica paint.

  • Would you like some aguardiente de pesco, some mescal, or some chica?

    The Adventurers Gustave Aimard
  • This was washed down with ‘chica,’ and afterwards the padre and I indulged in a cigarette and a chat.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • "Go and walk in the garden, chica," said Don Alfonso, interrupting him.

    Ponce de Leon William Pilling
  • chica nodded with a quick elfish grin of intense pleasure and appreciation.

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett

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