Definitions for chickenˈtʃɪk ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chick•en*ˈtʃɪk ən(n.)

  1. a domestic fowl, Gallus domesticus, descended from various jungle fowl of SE Asia and developed in a number of breeds for its flesh, eggs, and feathers.

    Category: Animal Husbandry, Ornithology

  2. the young of this bird, esp. when less than a year old.

    Category: Animal Husbandry, Ornithology

  3. the flesh of the chicken used as food.

    Category: Cooking

  4. Slang. a cowardly or fearful person. a young or inexperienced person. Usually Offensive.a young woman. a young male sexual partner sought by older men.

    Category: Status (usage)

  5. a contest or confrontation that threatens serious, sometimes fatal consequences if one of the participants errs or does not yield.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. (adj.)Informal. cowardly. frightened.

  7. Slang. petty or trivial: obsessed with petty details.

    a chicken regulation.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  8. (v.)chicken out, to withdraw from a commitment, esp. out of fear.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

* Usage: Definition 5f is usually perceived as insulting to women.

Origin of chicken:

bef. 950; ME chiken, OE cīcen; akin to MD kieken, MLG küken

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chicken, poulet, volaille(noun)

    the flesh of a chicken used for food

  2. chicken, Gallus gallus(noun)

    a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl

  3. wimp, chicken, crybaby(noun)

    a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy

  4. chicken(adj)

    a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops

  5. chicken, chickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied(adj)

    easily frightened

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. chicken(noun)ˈtʃɪk ən

    a common farm bird, or its meat

    to keep chickens in the yard; chicken stew

  2. chicken(adjective)ˈtʃɪk ən

    not brave; = cowardly

    You won't jump 'cause you're chicken!

  3. chicken(verb)ˈtʃɪk ən

    to decide not to do sth because of fear

    I chickened out at the last minute.

Wiktionary

  1. chicken(Noun)

    A domestic fowl, Gallus gallus, especially when young

  2. chicken(Noun)

    The meat from this bird eaten as food.

  3. chicken(Noun)

    A coward.

    I told him I wasn't having his insults, and he just backed right down. What a chicken-shit.

  4. chicken(Noun)

    A young, attractive, slim man, usually having little body hair. Cf. chickenhawk

  5. chicken(Noun)

    A young or inexperienced person.

  6. chicken(Noun)

    A confrontational game in which the participants move toward each other at high speed (usually in automobiles); the player who turns first to avoid colliding into the other is the loser.

  7. chicken(Noun)

    The game of dare.

  8. chicken(Verb)

    To avoid as a result of fear.

  9. chicken(Verb)

    To develop physical or other characteristics resembling a chicken's, for example, bumps on the skin.

  10. chicken(Adjective)

    cowardly

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chicken(noun)

    a young bird or fowl, esp. a young barnyard fowl

  2. Chicken(noun)

    a young person; a child; esp. a young woman; a maiden

Freebase

  1. Chicken

    The chicken is a domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the Red Junglefowl. As one of the most common and widespread domestic animals with a population of more than 24 billion in 2003, there are more chickens in the world than any other species of bird. Humans keep chickens primarily as a source of food, consuming both their meat and their eggs. The traditional poultry farming view of the domestication of the chicken is stated in Encyclopædia Britannica: "Humans first domesticated chickens of Indian origin for the purpose of cockfighting in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Very little formal attention was given to egg or meat production... " Recent genetic studies have pointed to multiple maternal origins in Southeast, East, and South Asia, but with the clade found in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa originating in the Indian subcontinent. From India the domesticated fowl made its way to the Persianized kingdom of Lydia in western Asia Minor, and domestic fowl were imported to Greece by the fifth century BC. Fowl had been known in Egypt since the 18th Dynasty, with the "bird that gives birth every day" having come to Egypt from the land between Syria and Shinar, Babylonia, according to the annals of Tutmose III.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chicken' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1494

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chicken' in Nouns Frequency: #1567


Translations for chicken

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

chicken(noun)

a young bird, especially a young hen

She keeps chickens.

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