Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

fowl

play
noun \ˈfau̇(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of fowl

  • : a bird (such as a chicken) that is raised for food

  • : the meat of such a bird used as food

  • : a bird of any kind

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fowl

plural fowl or fowls

  1. 1 :  a bird of any kind — compare waterfowl, wildfowl

  2. 2 a :  a cock or hen of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus); especially :  an adult hen b :  any of several domesticated or wild gallinaceous birds — compare guinea fowl, jungle fowl

  3. 3 :  the meat of fowls used as food

Examples of fowl in a sentence

  1. I spotted a long-legged fowl by the water's edge.



Origin of fowl

Middle English foul, from Old English fugel; akin to Old High German fogal bird, and probably to Old English flēogan to fly — more at fly


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

fowl

verb

Definition of fowl

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to seek, catch, or kill wildfowl

fowler noun


Before 12th Century

First Known Use of fowl

before 12th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

Rhymes with fowl



FOWL Defined for Kids

fowl

play
noun \ˈfau̇l\

Definition of fowl for Students

plural fowl or fowls

  1. 1 :  bird <wild fowls>

  2. 2 :  a common domestic rooster or hen

  3. 3 :  the meat of a domestic fowl used as food



Headscratcher for fowl

Remove the first letter of fowl and you get an example of one: owl!



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fowl? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a smart aleck

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

prompt maudlin angry oily
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ