chicken

A chicken is a domesticated bird that is raised on farms for meat or eggs. Many cities allow people to keep a few chickens in their yards as pets and egg layers.

You can talk about your pet chicken with its brown feathers and funny feet, but you might also use the word chicken to order dinner at a restaurant: "I'll have the chicken." When a person is described as a chicken, it means she's easily scared or a coward. The Old English cicen, "young fowl," is the source of chicken. Calling someone chicken for being frightened has been hurting feelings since the 14th century.

Primary Meanings of chicken

1.
n
a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
2.
adjn
easily frightened
a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy
3.
n
a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops
Full Definitions of chicken
1

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

Synonyms:
Gallus gallus
Types:
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biddy, chick
young bird especially of domestic fowl
cock, rooster
adult male chicken
capon
castrated male chicken
biddy, hen
adult female chicken
spring chicken
a young chicken having tender meat
Rhode Island red
American breed of heavy-bodied brownish-red general-purpose chicken
Dominick, Dominique
American breed of chicken having barred grey plumage raised for meat and brown eggs
Orpington
English breed of large chickens with white skin
cockerel
a young domestic cock; not older than one year
cackler
a hen that has just laid an egg and emits a shrill squawk
brood hen, broody, broody hen, setting hen, sitter
a domestic hen ready to brood
mother hen
a hen with chicks
layer
a hen that lays eggs
pullet
young hen usually less than a year old
Type of:
domestic fowl, fowl, poultry
a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl

n the flesh of a chicken used for food

Synonyms:
poulet, volaille
Types:
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broiler
flesh of a small young chicken not over 2 1/2 lb suitable for broiling
capon
flesh of a castrated male chicken
frier, fryer, pullet
flesh of a medium-sized young chicken suitable for frying
roaster
flesh of a large young chicken over 3 1/2 lb suitable for roasting
spatchcock
flesh of a chicken (or game bird) split down the back and grilled (usually immediately after being killed)
hen
flesh of an older chicken suitable for stewing
Oven Stuffer, Oven Stuffer Roaster
a brand name for a roasting chicken
Type of:
poultry
flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
2

adj easily frightened

Synonyms:
chickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied
cowardly, fearful
lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

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

Synonyms:
crybaby, wimp
Type of:
doormat, weakling, wuss
a person who is physically weak and ineffectual
3

n a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops

Type of:
competition, contest
an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants

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