Green’s Dictionary of Slang

chick n.1

[SE chicken, lively, perky and ‘good enough to eat’; feminine senses underpinned by the perceived vulnerability of SE chicken]

1. [17C; late 18C–19C] (US) a man.

2. [17C; 1950s+] (also chicky) a term of address to a (young) woman.

3. [mid-19C+] (also chic) a young woman.

4. [late 19C] a novice; a young apprentice.

5. [1940s+] a girlfriend.

6. [1940s+] a male prostitute.

7. [1960s] (US prison) a young man as prey for prison homosexuals.

In compounds

chick bum (n.)

[2000s] a child.

chick man (n.)

[1960s] (US Und.) a pimp.