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1chicken

noun chick·en \ˈchi-kən, sometimes -kəŋ\

: a bird that is raised by people for its eggs and meat

: the meat of the chicken used as food

: a person who is afraid

Full Definition of CHICKEN

1
a :  the common domestic fowl (Gallus gallus) especially when young; also :  its flesh used as food — compare jungle fowl
b :  any of various birds or their young
2
:  a young woman
3
a :  coward
b :  any of various contests in which the participants risk personal safety in order to see which one will give up first
4
[short for chickenshit] slang :  petty details
5
slang :  a young male homosexual

Examples of CHICKEN

  1. We had chicken for dinner.
  2. It's just a spider, you chicken!
  3. Don't be such a big chicken.

Origin of CHICKEN

Middle English chiken, from Old English cicen young chicken; akin to Old English cocc cock
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl

2chicken

adjective

: too afraid to do something

Full Definition of CHICKEN

1
a :  scared
b :  timid, cowardly
2
slang
a :  insistent on petty details of duty or discipline
b :  petty, unimportant

Examples of CHICKEN

  1. <too chicken to go through with the stunt>
  2. <just concentrate on the important duties of the job and forget about the chicken stuff>

First Known Use of CHICKEN

1941

Rhymes with CHICKEN

3chicken

verb
chick·enedchick·en·ing \ˈchi-kən-iŋ, ˈchik-niŋ\

Definition of CHICKEN

intransitive verb
:  to lose one's nerve —usually used with out <seemed to exhibit courage, manliness, and conviction when others chickened out — J. R. Seeley>

First Known Use of CHICKEN

1943

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