game·​cock ˈgām-ˌkäk How to pronounce gamecock (audio)
: a rooster of the domestic chicken trained for fighting

Examples of gamecock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This game has all the marking of a chess match style shootout with the gamecock becoming the decisive factor. Zack Jones, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2021 Sir Big Spur the gamecock was missing at South Carolina. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2020 When a gamecock whose fight ended in a draw came in too badly injured, Rodríguez broke its neck., 10 Nov. 2019 The gamecock — el gallo fino de pelea — is ubiquitous on the island., 10 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1634, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gamecock was in 1634

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“Gamecock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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game·​cock ˈgām-ˌkäk How to pronounce gamecock (audio)
: a rooster trained to fight

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