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  1. Chicken Littlenoun

    a fictional character who was hit on the head with an acorn and believed that the sky was falling


  1. Chicken Littlenoun

    A children's fable about a hen who, in the classical version, believes the sky is falling after an acorn hits her head, journeys to inform the King, and is finally eaten by Foxy Loxy. Also known by other names including The Sky is Falling.

  2. Chicken Littlenoun

    The main character in this story, a hysterical hen, alternatively named Chicken Licken under a different title.

  3. Chicken Littlenoun

    By extension, one who panics at the slightest provocation.


  1. chicken little

    "Henny Penny", more commonly known in the United States as "Chicken Little" and sometimes as "Chicken Licken", is a European folk tale with a moral in the form of a cumulative tale about a chicken who believes that the world is coming to an end. The phrase "The sky is falling!" features prominently in the story, and has passed into the English language as a common idiom indicating a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent. Similar stories go back more than 25 centuries and "Henny Penny" continues to be referred to in a variety of media.


  1. chicken little

    Chicken Little is a character from classic folk literature, often used in modern times as a metaphor. He is known for his mistaken belief that the world is ending, notably because he thought the sky was falling when an acorn fell on his head. Thus, 'Chicken Little' has come to refer to anyone who habitually spreads alarm or fear, often unjustifiably or disproportionately about potential disasters.


  1. Chicken Little

    Chicken Little is a 2005 American 3D computer-animated comic science fiction family film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and loosely based on the fable of the same name. The 46th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series was directed by Mark Dindal with screenplay by Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman, and Ron Anderson, and story by Mark Kennedy and Dindal. The film was animated in-house at Walt Disney Feature Animation's main headquarters in Burbank, California, and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 4, 2005 in the Disney Digital 3-D format along with the standard 2-D version. It is Disney's first fully computer-animated film, as Pixar's films were distributed but not produced by Disney, and Dinosaur was a combination of live-action and computer animation. It is Disney's second adaption of the fable of the same name, the first being a 1943 cartoon made for World War II.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chicken little in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chicken little in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of chicken little in a Sentence

  1. John Pecman:

    We have had some setbacks. I won't pretend otherwise. But a Chicken Little reaction that 'the sky is falling' is a wholly inappropriate response.

  2. Jeffrey Toobin:

    There are five justices…who seem like solid votes to overturn Roe v. Wade, we've been accused, those of us saying that Roe is about to be overturned as being Chicken Little, the sky is falling, the sky is falling. We'll see, because it certainly looks like the sky is falling now.

  3. Ian Joughin:

    We need to take these glaciers seriously without sounding like Chicken Little.

  4. John Pecman:

    Cracking down on cartels has been, and continues to be, a top priority for the Bureau, we have had some setbacks. I won't pretend otherwise. But a Chicken Little reaction that 'the sky is falling' is a wholly inappropriate response.

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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    • A. commensal
    • B. inexpiable
    • C. numinous
    • D. naiant

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