roost·er | \ˈrü-stər also ˈru̇- \

Definition of rooster 

1a : an adult male domestic chicken : cock

b : an adult male of various birds other than the domestic chicken

2 : a cocky or vain man

Examples of rooster in a Sentence

We heard the crow of a rooster.

Recent Examples on the Web

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which is housing the birds at its farm in Methuen, says the roosters are extremely aggressive and cannot be rehabilitated or retrained. Fox News, "Officials: Roosters trained for fighting to be euthanized," 29 May 2018 No roosters are allowed, chickens cannot be slaughtered, and eggs the chickens produce cannot be sold. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "University Heights City Council approves guidelines for keeping chickens," 3 Apr. 2018 Chewbacca is a Giant Blue Frizzled Cochin rooster who lives in a compound of gingerbread-style coops and sheds in Monte Sereno which merits the term Disneyesque. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "When Silicon Valley Disrupts the Chicken Coop," 23 Mar. 2018 The Kansas City Star reported that 231 roosters were confiscated in a sting just five days earlier in southwestern Missouri. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "‘We don’t know what to do’ with 199 roosters in jail after cockfighting bust, Arkansas cops say," 23 Mar. 2018 Deputies also found items described as rooster fighting paraphernalia. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "200-plus chickens saved from Missouri property after deputies suspect cockfighting | The Kansas City Star," 9 Mar. 2018 Coconuts falling on the roof and roosters crowing at 4 a.m. That's our soundtrack to Kauai. Bonnie Tsui, Redbook, "What It's Like to Travel Through 4 Countries In 3 Months With 2 Kids," 23 May 2017 The group of birds is thought to include at least 38 roosters along with dozens of hens and chicks, Johnson said. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "Kansas City animal control seizes 134 birds in cockfighting investigation | The Kansas City Star," 18 Apr. 2018 Mockingbirds chirp, roosters crow and the evening news blares in Spanish. Sundays, church bells ring and the air is all carne asada. Esmeralda Bermudez,, "An artist finds his subject in the hills of East L.A.," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rooster

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of rooster

: an adult male chicken


roost·er | \ˈrü-stər \

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: an adult male chicken

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