1. A small, black-and-white North American bird of the genus Parus, most
commonly Parus atricapillus. It is most
active in cool weather, and seldom seen in summer except in deep forests. It often has little fear
of humans. Named
for its call, which often sounds like
Chick-a-dee-dee-dee. The number of "dee" syllables on the end depends on the situation. More than three usually indicates
that something startled the bird.
2. A chiefly
Canadian term of familiar or affectionate address to a girl
or young woman; apparently
derived from a Mexican Spanish phrase composed of the word chica
(girl) and an adjectival starting with the preposition "de"; the original phrase was forgotten because Spanish is not commonly
spoken in Canada, and the spelling was conformed to that
of the bird. Only known and used
in certain areas.
1. Our neighbor Mr. Larieu was going to cut down that big birch tree, but I told him there were two chickadee nests in it, so he said
2. Hey there, chickadee! You're back from Chilliwack, eh?