Definitions for chicken
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word chicken.
chicken, poulet, volaillenoun
the flesh of a chicken used for food
chicken, Gallus gallusnoun
a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
wimp, chicken, crybabynoun
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-belliedadjective
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Chick, Chickenn. s.
Etymology: cicen , Sax. kiecken, Dut
All my pretty ones?
What, all my pretty chickens, and their dam,
At one fell swoop! William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
For when the shell is broke, out comes a chick. Davies.
While it is a chick, and hath no spurs, nor cannot hurt, nor yet hath seen the like motion, yet he readily practiseth it. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.
Ev’n since she was a se’n-night old, they say,
Was chaste and humble to her dying day;
Nor chick, nor hen, was known to disobey. John Dryden, Fables.
Having the notion that one laid the egg out of which the other was hatched, I have a clear idea of the relation of dam and chick. John Locke.
On rainy days alone I dine,
Upon a chick and pint of wine:
On rainy days I dine alone,
And pick my chicken to the bone. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.
My Ariel, chick,
This is thy charge. William Shakespeare, Tempest.
Then, Chloe, still go on to prate
Of thirty-six and thirty-eight;
Pursue your trade of scandal-picking,
Your hints, that Stella is no chicken. Jonathan Swift.
The chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) is a domesticated junglefowl species, with attributes of wild species such as the grey and the Ceylon junglefowl that are originally from Southeastern Asia. Rooster or cock is a term for an adult male bird, and a younger male may be called a cockerel. A male that has been castrated is a capon. An adult female bird is called a hen and a sexually immature female is called a pullet. Humans now keep chickens primarily as a source of food (consuming both their meat and eggs) and as pets. Traditionally they were also bred for cockfighting, which is still practiced in some places. The chicken domesticated for its meat are Broilers and for its eggs are Layers. Chickens are one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a total population of 23.7 billion as of 2018, up from more than 19 billion in 2011. There are more chickens in the world than any other bird. There are numerous cultural references to chickens – in myth, folklore and religion, and in language and literature.Genetic studies have pointed to multiple maternal origin theories of within South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia, but the clade found in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa originated from the Indian subcontinent. From ancient India, the chicken spread to the Eastern Mediterranean. They appear in Egypt in the mid-15th century BC, with the "bird that gives birth every day" having come from the land between Syria and Shinar, Babylonia, according to the annals of Thutmose III. They are known in Greece from the 5th century BC.
Chicken is a type of domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the red junglefowl. It is one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a total population of more than 23 billion as of 2018. Chickens are omnivores and typically kept for their eggs and meat. They are found all over the world and are vital to human settlements for their food production capabilities. It is the most common type of poultry globally.
a young bird or fowl, esp. a young barnyard fowl
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.]
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.
A type of animal.
Chickens are beautiful animals, very clever and loving.
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Rank popularity for the word 'chicken' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1494
Rank popularity for the word 'chicken' in Nouns Frequency: #1567
The numerical value of chicken in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of chicken in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
The chicken that is raised by the eagle, strives to fly higher and higher, but the eagle that is raised by the chicken, spends its whole life not knowing what it is to fly.”
The effect of the drama wasn't as big in the U.S. as it was in China, but sales have been rising continuously, and Korean-style fried chicken is becoming more popular in the U.S. Kyochon's garlicky, soy sauce chicken, which is different from the fried chicken they might have at KFC, for example, is getting an especially good response abroad.
Charlie Dad, how can you hate The Colonel Stuart Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes ya crave it fortnightly, smartass
Fr., I want there to be no peasant in my realm so poor that he will not have a chicken in his pot every Sunday.
Frozen chicken ? You expect us to cook chicken-rice using frozen chicken ? It will not taste good, if that's the case and you're happy with that kind of quality, you might as well go to Malaysia and eat chicken-rice there lah.
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- hoender, haan, hen, hoendervleisAfrikaans
- دجاجة, دجاج, لحم دجاجArabic
- кураня, куране, птушаня, птушане, ку́рыцаBelarusian
- пиле, пилешко, ярка, страхливецBulgarian
- penn yar, kozh yar, yarBreton
- gallina, pollastre, gall, butzaCatalan, Valencian
- kur, kuře, posera, zbabělec, slepiceCzech
- cyw, iâr, cyw iârWelsh
- høne, kylling, bangebuksDanish
- Hühnerfleisch, Hühnchen, Hähnchen, Huhn, Feigling, KüchleinGerman
- koklovi, koklo, koklolãEwe
- κότα, κοτόπουλοGreek
- pollo, gallinaSpanish
- arg, kana, kanalihaEstonian
- oilasko, oiloBasque
- مرغ خانگی, جوجه, مرغ, ماکPersian
- pelkuri, kana, broileri, kananpoikaFinnish
- poule mouillée, poltron, poulet, pouleFrench
- hinWestern Frisian
- circeoil, cearcIrish
- cearcScottish Gaelic
- galo, galiñaGalician
- עוף, תרנגול, שָׁפָן, תרנגולתHebrew
- nyuszi, csirke, csirkehúsHungarian
- վախկոտ, ճուտ, ղզիկ, աքլոր, հավ, հավի միսArmenian
- kjúklingur, hænsnIcelandic
- gallina, pollo, coniglio, galloItalian
- 鶏肉, ニワトリ, 鶏, チキンJapanese
- kukkukuuaraqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- 닭, 닭고기, 치킨Korean
- مامر, mirîşkKurdish
- bailus, vištiena, vištaLithuanian
- vista, cāļa gaļa, cālisLatvian
- кукавица, пилешко, кокошкаMacedonian
- ayam, pengecut, manukMalay
- tiġieġa, fellusMaltese
- ကြက်သား, ကြက်Burmese
- kylling, høneNorwegian
- kippenvlees, lafbek, kip, hen, wezel, hoen, lafaard, angsthaasDutch
- kylling, kjukling, høneNorwegian Nynorsk
- feiging, kyllingNorwegian
- naaʼahóóhaiNavajo, Navaho
- kurczak, tchórz, kuraPolish
- frango, covarde, cagão, bundão, galinha, cobardePortuguese
- poulet, pulschain, pulaster, giaglinaRomansh
- pui, găinăRomanian
- бздун, трусишка, пету́х, труси́ха, ку́рица, трус, ссыку́н, цыплёнок, куря́тинаRussian
- puddone, caboni, pudhu, caboniscu, pudduSardinian
- vuonccisNorthern Sami
- pijevac, пијевац, pijetao, kokoška, кокошка, pile, кукавица, petao, петао, кокош, kukavica, пијетао, piletina, пиле, pevac, певац, пилетина, kokošSerbo-Croatian
- kurča, kura, sliepkaSlovak
- piščanec, petelin, kokošSlovene
- nama ya kgoho, kgohoSouthern Sotho
- kyckling, hönaSwedish
- కోడిమాంసం, కోడిTelugu
- tavuk, piliçTurkish
- курча, куркаUkrainian
- dredajiedan, gok, jigokül, dredöfan, higok, jidredöfan, higokül, gokamit, dredajijiedan, hidredöfan, gokül, dredahijiedan, gokil, jigokVolapük
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