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 white rooster is about 4 feet tall and is valued at approximately $1,100, Sheriff Chris Bowman told NPR. Maria Carter, Country Living, "This 3,000-Pound Chicken Statue Is Missing From a North Carolina Farm," 17 Feb. 2017 Many areas ban roosters (which isn't a deal breaker; hens will lay eggs without them) and limit the number of animals a household can keep. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018 Only a few dedicated rooster rescues exist nationwide. Author: Karin Brulliard, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s a boy! Chicken owners face a dilemma when hens turn out to be roosters.," 19 June 2018 The guidelines drawn up through the committee's work state that roosters would not be permitted. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "University Heights City Council considers allowing backyard chickens," 21 Feb. 2018 The Old English game, which dates to the Middle Ages, was the first fighting rooster to be bred in Great Britain. Globe Staff,, "Cockfighting: A bit of history," 30 May 2018 Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Livestock Unit completed a seizure affidavit and took custody of the evidence and the remaining roosters. Jennifer Summer, Houston Chronicle, "Three arrested in connection with alleged cockfighting ring in Cleveland," 2 Apr. 2018 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

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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 \

Kids Definition of rooster

: an adult male chicken

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