chicken out

Definition of chicken out

informal
:to decide not to do something because one is afraid
  • He was going to ask her on a date, but he chickened out at the last minute.

Word by Word Definitions

chicken play
  1. : the common domestic fowl (Gallus gallus) especially when young

  2. : any of various birds or their young

  3. : a young woman

  1. : scared

  2. : timid, cowardly

  3. : insistent on petty details of duty or discipline

  1. : to lose one's nerve

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


CHICKEN OUT Defined for Kids

chicken out

verb

Definition of chicken out for Students

chickened out; chickening out
:to become too scared to do something

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