|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.
|... definitely a whole lot of chic going on here.|
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Does the etymology of chic spoil things for you?
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