Informal a person who spreads baseless or exaggerated reports of danger; alarmist
Origin of Chicken Littleafter the chicken in a children's story who, after being struck by a falling object, warns that the sky is falling
A confirmed pessimist, particularly one who warns of impending disaster.
Origin of Chicken LittleAfter a character in a story who is hit on the head by an acorn and believes the sky is falling.
- 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.
- The main character in this story, a hysterical hen, alternatively named Chicken Licken under a different title.
- By extension, one who panics at the slightest provocation.