cock·​fight ˈkäk-ˌfīt How to pronounce cockfight (audio)
: a contest in which gamecocks usually fitted with metal spurs are pitted against each other
cockfighting adjective or noun

Examples of cockfight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a cockfight, the birds inflict physical trauma on one another, sometimes with metal spurs attached to their legs. Francisco Guzman, USA TODAY, 19 June 2023 Two victims died after five people were shot during an altercation at a late-night cockfight Friday in Honolulu, police said. CBS News, 17 Apr. 2023 Just last month, police in Hawaii arrested four men at a cockfight in Kealakekua, Hawaii News Now reported. CBS News, 17 Apr. 2023 What is a cockfight? USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2023 This is a cockfight! Kin Woo, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2022 Meanwhile, back at Morton’s nightclub, De Roller also helps choreographer Francesca (Monste Triola) rehearse the club’s dancers, dressed in the traditional ceremonial garb of the islands, create a performance piece that seems even more like a cockfight, with real chickens fighting on stage. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 May 2022 The cockfight between Maverick and Iceman is echoed in the rivalrous posturing of Rooster and the arrogant Hangman (an interestingly Kilmeresque Glen Powell). New York Times, 26 May 2022 Making roosters fight one another or profiting from a cockfight are state-jail felonies in Texas. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 29 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1512, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cockfight was in 1512

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“Cockfight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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cock·​fight ˈkäk-ˌfīt How to pronounce cockfight (audio)
: a fight between roosters usually fitted with metal spurs

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