The chicken is a fowl.
- A hen is an example of fowl.
- Chicken is an example of fowl.
- any bird: now only in comb.: wildfowl
- any of various domestic birds used as food; specif.,
- the chicken
- the duck, goose, turkey, etc.
- a full-grown chicken, as distinguished from a springer, etc.
- the flesh of any of these birds used for food
Origin of fowlMiddle English foule, foghel ; from Old English fugol, akin to German vogel, bird ; from Germanic an unverified form fuglaz, altered by dissimulation ; from an unverified form fluglaz ; from an unverified form flug-, an unverified form fleug- ; from Indo-European an unverified form pleuk- from source fly
nounpl. fowl or fowls
- Any of various birds of the order Galliformes, especially the common, widely domesticated chicken (Gallus domesticus).
- a. A bird, such as a duck, goose, turkey, or pheasant, that is used as food or hunted as game.b. The flesh of such birds used as food.
- A bird of any kind.
intransitive verbfowled, fowl·ing, fowls
Origin of fowlMiddle English foul, from Old English fugol; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
(plural fowl or fowls)
(third-person singular simple present fowls, present participle fowling, simple past and past participle fowled)
- To hunt fowl.
From Middle English foul, foghel, from Old English fugol, from Proto-Germanic *fuglaz, dissimilated variant of *fluglaz (compare Old English flugol ‘fleeing’, Mercian fluglas heofun ‘fowls of the air’), from *fleuganą ‘to fly’. Compare West Frisian fûgel, Low German Vagel, Dutch vogel, German Vogel, Danish fugl. More at fly.