gamecock

noun
game·​cock | \ ˈgām-ˌkäk How to pronounce gamecock (audio) \

Definition of gamecock

: a rooster of the domestic chicken trained for fighting

Examples of gamecock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sir Big Spur the gamecock was missing at South Carolina. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SEC’s return gives college football its ‘grand opening’," 26 Sep. 2020 The gamecock — el gallo fino de pelea — is ubiquitous on the island. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "The Last Days of Legal Cockfighting in Puerto Rico," 9 Nov. 2019 The gamecock — el gallo fino de pelea — is ubiquitous on the island. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "The Last Days of Legal Cockfighting in Puerto Rico," 9 Nov. 2019 When a gamecock whose fight ended in a draw came in too badly injured, Rodríguez broke its neck. 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 gamecock — el gallo fino de pelea — is ubiquitous on the island. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "The Last Days of Legal Cockfighting in Puerto Rico," 9 Nov. 2019 The gamecock — el gallo fino de pelea — is ubiquitous on the island. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "The Last Days of Legal Cockfighting in Puerto Rico," 9 Nov. 2019 The gamecock — el gallo fino de pelea — is ubiquitous on the island. 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 But in general, the owners place their gamecocks in a small arena known as the cockpit, where the fighting commences. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Cockfighting: A bit of history," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of gamecock

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gamecock

game entry 1 + cock entry 1

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“Gamecock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gamecock. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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