a young chicken or other bird.
a child.
Slang: Often Offensive. a term used to refer to a girl or young woman.

1275–1325; Middle English chike, variant of chiken chicken

chic, chick.

As a term used to refer to a young woman, chick is slightly dated. Originally it was perceived as insulting because of the perception that it infantilized women. Now the word has been embraced by some women as a positive term of self-reference and an expression of camaraderie. When used as a modifier, as in chick flick and chick lit, its meaning is not restricted to young women and its use is not offensive. Unabridged
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chick (tʃɪk)
1.  the young of a bird, esp of a domestic fowl
2.  slang a girl or young woman, esp an attractive one
3.  a young child: used as a term of endearment
[C14: short for chicken]

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Word Origin & History

c.1320, abbreviation of chicken (q.v.), extended to human offspring (often in alliterative pairing chick and child) and used as a term of endearment. As slang for "young woman" it is first recorded 1927 (in "Elmer Gantry"), supposedly from U.S. black slang, in British use
by c.1940, popularized by Beatniks late 1950s. Chicken in this sense is from 1711. Sometimes c.1600-1900 chicken was taken as a plural, chick as a singular (cf. child/children) for the domestic fowl.
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Example sentences for chicks
Hens cluck loudly after laying an egg, and also to call their chicks.
Emu chicks emerging, article with sound clips, photos and videos.
Some other species, such as ducks, move their chicks away from the nest at an
  early age.
Chicks that are fledging are attracted to streetlights and are unable to reach
  the sea.
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