What does fowl mean?

Definitions for fowlfaʊl

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. domestic fowl, fowl, poultry(noun)

    a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl

  2. bird, fowl(verb)

    the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food

  3. fowl(verb)

    hunt fowl

  4. fowl(verb)

    hunt fowl in the forest


  1. fowl(Noun)

    A bird.

  2. fowl(Noun)

    A bird of the order Galliformes, including chickens, turkeys, pheasant, partridges and quail.

  3. fowl(Noun)

    Birds which are hunted or kept for food, including Galliformes and also waterfowl of the order Anseriformes such as ducks, geese and swans.

  4. fowl(Verb)

    To hunt fowl.

  5. Origin: From fugol, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fowl(noun)

    any bird; esp., any large edible bird

  2. Fowl(noun)

    any domesticated bird used as food, as a hen, turkey, duck; in a more restricted sense, the common domestic cock or hen (Gallus domesticus)

  3. Fowl(verb)

    to catch or kill wild fowl, for game or food, as by shooting, or by decoys, nets, etc

  4. Origin: [OE. foul, fowel, foghel, fuhel, fugel, AS. fugol; akin to OS. fugal D. & G. vogel, OHG. fogal, Icel. & Dan. fugl, Sw. fogel, fgel, Goth. fugls; of unknown origin, possibly by loss of l, from the root of E. fly, or akin to E. fox, as being a tailed animal.]


  1. Fowl

    Fowl is a word for birds in general but usually refers to birds belonging to one of two biological orders, namely the gamefowl or landfowl and the waterfowl. Studies of anatomical and molecular similarities suggest these two groups are close evolutionary relatives; together, they form the fowl clade which is scientifically known as Galloanserae. This clade is also supported by morphological and DNA sequence data as well as retrotransposon presence/absence data.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fowl

    fowl, n. a bird: a bird of the barn-door or poultry kind, a cock or hen: the flesh of fowl:—pl. Fowls, Fowl.—v.i. to kill fowls by shooting or snaring.—ns. Fowl′er, a sportsman who takes wild-fowl; Fowl′ing; Fowl′ing-net, a net for catching birds; Fowl′ing-piece, a light gun for small-shot, used in fowling. [A.S. fugol; Ger. vogel.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fowl in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fowl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Woody Allen, "Without Feathers":

    Whosover loveth wisdom is righteous, but he that keepeth company with fowl is weird.

  2. Lanny Poffo:

    I believe in clean living. It’s not that hard. No smoking, no drinking, no drugs and while you’re at it, no meat, fish or fowl.

  3. George Eliot:

    Comprehensive talkers are apt to be tiresome when we are not athirst for information; but, to be quite fair, we must admit that superior reticence is a good deal due to lack of matter. Speech is often barren, but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled nest-egg; and, when it takes to cackling, will have nothing to announce but that addled delusion.

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