cockfight

noun
cock·​fight | \ ˈkäk-ˌfīt How to pronounce cockfight (audio) \

Definition of cockfight

: a contest in which gamecocks usually fitted with metal spurs are pitted against each other

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Other Words from cockfight

cockfighting \ ˈkäk-​ˌfī-​tiŋ How to pronounce cockfight (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of cockfight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three were arrested in connection with the cockfight and police are looking for three others. Fox News, "Police officer killed by cockfighting rooster's blade while breaking up match," 28 Oct. 2020 Ten spectators were cited and released for being present at a cockfight, Justus said. Connor Van Ligten, azcentral, "Phoenix police bust illegal cockfighting operation," 10 Apr. 2020 Rao was from a village in Andhra Pradesh, a state located in south-eastern India, and frequently attended cockfights in the area. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Rooster Slices and Kills Owner on Their Way to a Cockfight in India: Report," 24 Jan. 2020 The prohibition bars hosting and promoting cockfights or using the Postal Service to promote the practice. BostonGlobe.com, "Breeding aggressive roosters to fight, often to the death, for the sake of gambling and entertainment is barbaric, said Yolanda Álvarez, the former director of the Humane Society of Puerto Rico, who is working on a doctoral thesis on the history of cockfighting on the island.," 10 Nov. 2019 The prohibition bars hosting and promoting cockfights or using the Postal Service to promote the practice. BostonGlobe.com, "Breeding aggressive roosters to fight, often to the death, for the sake of gambling and entertainment is barbaric, said Yolanda Álvarez, the former director of the Humane Society of Puerto Rico, who is working on a doctoral thesis on the history of cockfighting on the island.," 10 Nov. 2019 Mora was among the roughly 50 people attending cockfights at Espinal’s establishment Wednesday night in Toa Baja, a town whose first cockfighting arena was founded in 1786. Washington Post, "Puerto Rico cockfighters go to ring in federal ban defiance," 19 Dec. 2019 Saripalli Chanavenkateshwaram Rao, 50, was traveling to a cockfight with his rooster in tow when the animal attacked him, according to CNN. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Rooster kills man on way to cockfight," 23 Jan. 2020 The prohibition bars hosting and promoting cockfights or using the Postal Service to promote the practice. BostonGlobe.com, "Breeding aggressive roosters to fight, often to the death, for the sake of gambling and entertainment is barbaric, said Yolanda Álvarez, the former director of the Humane Society of Puerto Rico, who is working on a doctoral thesis on the history of cockfighting on the island.," 10 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of cockfight

1512, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cockfight was in 1512

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“Cockfight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockfight. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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cockfight

noun
How to pronounce cockfight (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cockfight

: a fight between roosters that people watch for entertainment

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