roost·​er | \ ˈrü-stər How to pronounce rooster (audio) also ˈru̇- How to pronounce rooster (audio) \

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 Canterbury Tales, in which Chaucer wrote about a rooster who was tricked by a fox on the 32nd of March. Jesse David Fox, Vulture, "It’s Time to Make April Fools’ Day the Halloween of Comedy," 31 Mar. 2021 In 2010, a rooster killed its owner by slashing his jugular vein in West Bengal state. Fox News, "Rooster kills man during banned cockfight: cops," 2 Mar. 2021 Nelson is 58 years old and white, with short hair, an earnest face, and movements that remind me of a rooster. Katie Prout, The New Republic, "Inside the Last Men’s Hotel in Chicago," 2 Apr. 2021 The rooster is about 8 feet tall and about 4 feet wide, Shabani said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Everybody knows the rooster': Someone stole the giant rooster statue that was outside a former diner in Osseo, the owner wants it back," 31 Mar. 2021 Animal motifs are embedded in each uniform, a bald eagle for the U.S. team, a toucan for Brazil and a rooster for France. Washington Post, "Everything you need to know about the Tokyo Olympics," 20 Feb. 2021 With him was his friend Jonas Patrick and his Buff Orpington rooster, Peep. al, "Teen reunited with pet rooster lost at Alabama Cracker Barrel after Civil War reenactment," 11 Feb. 2021 Perhaps the most prominent of these noisy animals was Maurice, a rooster in Saint-Pierre-d’Oléron, a town on an island off France’s western coast. New York Times, "French Roosters Now Crow With the Law Behind Them," 24 Jan. 2021 Balram, a poor, undereducated villager, feels trapped in a metaphorical rooster coop, waiting to be slaughtered. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘Scarface’ meets Indian caste system in ‘The White Tiger’ (review)," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of rooster

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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20 Apr 2021

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“Rooster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rooster

chiefly US : an adult male chicken


roost·​er | \ ˈrü-stər How to pronounce rooster (audio) \

Kids Definition of rooster

: an adult male chicken

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