a castrated rooster, esp. one fattened for eating
Origin of caponMiddle English capoun ; from Old English capun and amp; Old French chapon ; from Classical Latin capo ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kep-, to cut from source shaft
A male chicken castrated when young to improve the quality of its flesh for food.
Origin of caponMiddle English capoun, from Old English capūn and from Old French capon, both from Latin cāpō, cāpōn-.
- A cockerel which has been gelded and fattened for the table.
(third-person singular simple present capons, present participle caponing, simple past and past participle caponed)
- To castrate; to make a capon of.