GDoS shows the following AmE slang usage of chick (short for chicken) in different contexts:


of interest to girls or women, e.g. chick movie, chick lit.

  • 1993 [US] M. Myers et al. Wayne’s World II [film script] Garth pulls out three, ‘The Red Shoes’. garth: Classic chick movie.

  • 1999 [UK] Guardian Guide 22–28 May 59: The most brutal chick-flick ever made.

  • 2001 [US] G. Pelecanos Right As Rain 102: Chick music, like all the rock and soul with female vocals she had been playing that night.

  • 2010 [UK] K. Richards Life 151: We were listening to chick songs, doowop, uptown soul.Garth pulls out three, ‘The Red Shoes’. garth: Classic chick movie.

Is it just an ordinary, informal neutral usage of does it have some derogatory, possibly offensive nuance?

  • This is completely context-based. Amongst contemporary friends? Probably fine. To an older woman in a formal context? Not so much. – marcellothearcane Oct 24 '19 at 20:57
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    Highly related: How derogatory is “chicks” when used to refer to women? – Laurel Oct 24 '19 at 21:00
  • This is highly layered. It depends on current and past usage, going to possibly the 1920s. Also note the recent influence of Spanglish as in chica. – Cascabel Oct 24 '19 at 21:50
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    @Cascabel yes but chicca doesn't mean chicken . You probably mean by assonance. – user 66974 Oct 24 '19 at 21:57
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    @K- But even then, context matters. "Love, Actually is just a chick-flick" is derogatory, "The Ghostbusters remake is an awesome chick-flick" is not. – Barmar Oct 25 '19 at 19:43

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