Definitions for chickenˈtʃɪk ən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
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
the young of this bird, esp. when less than a year old.
Category: Animal Husbandry, Ornithology
the flesh of the chicken used as food.
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)
a contest or confrontation that threatens serious, sometimes fatal consequences if one of the participants errs or does not yield.
Category: Common Vocabulary
(adj.)Informal. cowardly. frightened.
Slang. petty or trivial: obsessed with petty details.
a chicken regulation.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)
(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
chicken, poulet, volaille(noun)
the flesh of a chicken used for food
chicken, Gallus gallus(noun)
a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
wimp, chicken, crybaby(noun)
a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy
a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops
chicken, chickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied(adj)
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a common farm bird, or its meat
to keep chickens in the yard; chicken stew
not brave; = cowardly
You won't jump 'cause you're chicken!
to decide not to do sth because of fear
I chickened out at the last minute.
A domestic fowl, Gallus gallus, especially when young
The meat from this bird eaten as food.
I told him I wasn't having his insults, and he just backed right down. What a chicken-shit.
A young, attractive, slim man, usually having little body hair. Cf. chickenhawk
A young or inexperienced person.
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.
The game of dare.
To avoid as a result of fear.
To develop physical or other characteristics resembling a chicken's, for example, bumps on the skin.
a young bird or fowl, esp. a young barnyard fowl
a young person; a child; esp. a young woman; a maiden
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
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'chicken' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1494
Rank popularity for the word 'chicken' in Nouns Frequency: #1567
Translations for chicken
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a young bird, especially a young hen
She keeps chickens.
- فَرْخ، فَرّوجArabic
- galinhaPortuguese (BR)
- das KükenGerman
- kylling; høneDanish
- ماکیان؛ مرغ و خروسFarsi
- चूजा, चिंगना, मुन्ना, लल्लाHindi
- kylling, unghøneNorwegian
- ماکیان؛ مرغ و خروسPersian
- pui (de găină)Romanian
- 小雞Chinese (Trad.)
- چھوٹا پرندہ ، مرغیUrdu
- gà conVietnamese
- 小鸡Chinese (Simp.)
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