What does chicken mean?

Definitions for chicken
ˈtʃɪk ənchick·en

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word chicken.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chicken, poulet, volaillenoun

    the flesh of a chicken used for food

  2. chicken, Gallus gallusnoun

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

  3. wimp, chicken, crybabynoun

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

  4. chickenadjective

    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-belliedadjective

    easily frightened

Wiktionary

  1. chickennoun

    A domestic fowl, Gallus gallus, especially when young

  2. chickennoun

    The meat from this bird eaten as food.

  3. chickennoun

    A coward.

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

  4. chickennoun

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

  5. chickennoun

    A young or inexperienced person.

  6. chickennoun

    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. chickennoun

    The game of dare.

  8. chickenverb

    To avoid as a result of fear.

  9. chickenverb

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

  10. chickenadjective

    cowardly

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chickennoun

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

    Etymology: [AS. cicen, cyceun, dim. of coc cock; akin to LG. kiken, kken, D. Kieken, kuiken, G. kchkein. See Cock the animal.]

  2. Chickennoun

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

    Etymology: [AS. cicen, cyceun, dim. of coc cock; akin to LG. kiken, kken, D. Kieken, kuiken, G. kchkein. See Cock the animal.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. chicken

    A type of animal.

    Chickens are beautiful animals, very clever and loving.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 20, 2019  

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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

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  1. check in, check-in

  2. Check in

  3. Check-in

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chicken in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chicken in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of chicken in a Sentence

  1. Charles Krauthammer:

    A three-year diet of rubber chicken and occasional crow.

  2. Cassandra Perkins:

    It looked disgusting and pink, I didn’t want to touch it, i first thought that it may have been brain or lung, it certainly wasn’t chicken. My burger had a hair in it as well.

  3. The Reddit user:

    I work 60-100 hours a week, so if anyone needs time off, its me, she wrote. Last year, however, the woman claimed the two asked her to babysit on the day of her own important work retreat. Everyone is expected to go [on the retreat], and its frowned upon if you miss it. They wanted to go on a date. I said no, I have an important work event. They continued to nag me about how they havent gone on a date for so long, she wrote. The night before her work event, they called in a panic and said their friend Mike from the next city over had been in a car accident, and I needed to babysit nephew for a few hours. The Reddit user said shereluctantly agreed, but under the condition that they be back by 7 a.m. the next day so she could leave for the retreat.But her brother and sister-in-law did not return for two days, and did not answer any of her phone calls or texts. I had to cancel on my superiors morning of, which looked awful, she wrote. DAD IN TROUBLE WITH WIFE AND DAUGHTER AFTER BUYING MCDONALDS FOR HIMSELF, AND ONLY HIMSELF Her brother had an excuse when they returned, claiming Mikes life was in danger and they were too busy helping his girlfriend. And then, for weeks afterward, the Reddit user said her brother and sister-in-law asked her to babysit many more times, each time saying they werevisitingMike to help him with his recovery. Two months later, however, the woman claims that her company, and the company that Mikes girlfriend works for,had a meeting, and that she ran into the two of them. Mike had never been in an accident, and although [my brother and sister-in-law] had gone to visit them recently, it was for drinks and bowling, not bringing them chicken noodle soup in the hospital, she wrote. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER After confronting her brother and sister-in-law, the woman said they admitted to lying so they could go on date nights. They claimed I gave them no choice since I would never help them out when they needed time together because parenting was so stressful and difficult.

  4. Brian Mortellaro:

    Filet-O-Fish, Big Mac —both of those started with owner-operators, we took this idea up the chain and they’re letting us try it out ...It’s a chicken-and-waffles taste. I just think that’s something that isn’t out there right now.

  5. Christine McCracken:

    There likely will be a drop in the number of types of products that are on the shelves, it may be that a deboned product isn't available because they don't have the labor to do that. So boneless chicken breasts might not be an option in the coming weeks.

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