Saturday, 26 April 2014

Chic - In a Fashion

Vintage chic blonde girl in a classic car
These girls are chic ...
(photos by Laura Dye Photography)


Noun & adjective. Mid-19th century.
[French, probably from German Schick skill.]

A noun. Stylishness; elegance in dress; skill, effectiveness. M19

B adj. Comparative chic-er; superlative chic-est. Stylish, elegant. M19

chicly adv. E20

So chic (probably) comes from the German Schick. For whatever reason, that's not an etymology that sits right with me; perhaps it's because it sounds like schlick, or ick, or something similarly un-chicly. Talking of which, chicly is another incredibly unchic word; perhaps it's because it sounds like the Spanish chicle, or sickly, or ... oh never mind. I like the word chic - I might not have it, but I can admire it in others, and, icky-Shicky-shlicky etymologies aside, the word suits it perfectly.
Two chic girls standing by a classic car
... definitely a whole lot of chic going on here.
Are you chic?

Does the etymology of chic spoil things for you?

Do please leave any comments below.


  1. Not chic? Not even geek chic, Eddie? And there I've been imagining you on stake-outs in a variety of disguises including pastel twin sets and white knee boots. Ah well.

    1. Geek chic? Hmm. No, I don't think I even do that. But then is not doing that the real chic? Sadly, no, I don't think it is.