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chicken

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

Definition of chicken

  1. 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. 2 :  a young woman

  3. 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. 4 [short for chickenshit] slang :  petty details

  5. 5 slang :  a young male homosexual

Examples of chicken in a sentence

  1. We had chicken for dinner.

  2. It's just a spider, you chicken!

  3. Don't be such a big chicken.

Origin and Etymology of chicken

Middle English chiken, from Old English cicen young chicken; akin to Old English cocc cock


First Known Use: 14th century


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chicken

adjective chick·en

Definition of chicken

  1. 1 a :  scared b :  timid, cowardly

  2. 2 slang a :  insistent on petty details of duty or discipline b :  petty, unimportant

Examples of chicken in a sentence

  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>

1941

First Known Use of chicken

1941


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chicken

verb chick·en

Definition of chicken

chickened

chickening

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

1943

First Known Use of chicken

1943



CHICKEN Defined for English Language Learners

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chicken

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

Definition of chicken for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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chicken

adjective chick·en

Definition of chicken for English Language Learners

  • : too afraid to do something


CHICKEN Defined for Kids

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chicken

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noun chick·en \ˈchi-kən\

Definition of chicken for Students

  1. 1 :  a bird that is commonly raised by people for its eggs and meat :  a hen or rooster

  2. 2 :  the meat of a chicken used as food

  3. 3 :  coward


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chicken

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adjective chick·en

Definition of chicken for Students

  1. :  cowardly 1 <He's too chicken to go on the rollercoaster.>



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