chicken wire


: a light galvanized wire netting of hexagonal mesh

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Those third-row seats looked like they were mocked up in a design studio out of cardboard and chicken wire and then mistakenly got put into production just like that. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 1 Oct. 2022 Fill the cut-outs with chicken wire to match your home's rustic aesthetic. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 5 Oct. 2022 Regulars pooled their money to buy concrete and chicken wire from a Home Depot down the road, fashioning a rough, gray bump for doing ollies. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2022 This unique room divider is crafted from aged pallet wood and honeycombed chicken wire for a rustic look. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, 27 July 2022 Meanwhile, back in Brattleboro, a homespun and better-beloved hope for humanity made out of chicken wire and birch bark and burlap rolls along, through pine-dark woods. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2022 The same idea applies to the maze walls, formed mostly with fencing, pallets, chicken wire and foam, and set pieces used within the trails. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 18 Sep. 2022 The Graduate offers a rooftop lounge, White Limozeen, which features a 9-foot-tall bust of Dolly Parton made of chicken wire; and a cozy ground-floor karaoke bar called Crossed-Eyed Critters. Fox News, 31 Aug. 2022 To thwart them, make small cages around the bulbs from chicken wire, then bury the bulb inside them. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


from its use for making enclosures for chickens

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chicken wire was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Chicken wire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

chicken wire


: a light wire fencing with hexagonal openings
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