- The definition of chicken is a domestic bird used for meat and laying eggs, the meat that comes from such a bird, or is a slang term for someone who is fearful or cowardly.
- A bird that lives in a barn and lays eggs is an example of a chicken.
- A person who is afraid to dive in the pool even after every single one of his friends did is an example of someone who might be called a chicken.
Several brown chickens in a field.
chicken definition by Webster's New World
- a common gallinaceous farm bird (Gallus domesticus) raised for its edible eggs or flesh; hen or rooster, esp. a young one: classed in a family (Phasianidae) that includes pheasants, quail, and peafowl
- the flesh of this bird
- any young bird; chick
- a young or inexperienced person
- a timid or cowardly person
- a young male homosexual
Origin: < chickenshitMil. Slang petty insistence on rules
Origin: Middle English chicken ; from Old English cycen ; from West Germanic an unverified form kiukina ; from an unverified form kiuk-; like cock, of echoic origin, originally ; akin to Middle Low German kûken (Du kuiken, kieken)
- made of chicken: chicken croquettes
- small and tender: a chicken lobster
- Slang timid or cowardly
Origin: cf. chickenMil. Slang characterized by unnecessary discipline or pettiness
chicken definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The common domestic fowl (Gallus domesticus) or its young.b. Any of various similar or related birds.c. The flesh of the common domestic fowl.
- Slang A coward.
- Any of various foolhardy competitions in which the participants persist in a dangerous course of action until one loses nerve and stops.
- Vulgar Slang A young gay male, especially as sought by an older man.
Origin: Middle English chiken, from Old English cīcen.
chicken - Phrases/Idioms
count one's chickens before they are hatched
- to engage in a test of courage in which, typically, two vehicles are driven directly toward one another in order to see which driver will swerve away first
- Slang to engage in mutual challenges or threats, hoping the opponent will withdraw before actual conflict or collision