- to split open and broil (a fowl)
- to interpolate (a word or words) in or into a text, often hastily or inappropriately
- to put together so as to form a unit or whole, often a clumsy or incongruous one
transitive verbspatch·cocked, spatch·cock·ing, spatch·cocks
- To prepare (a dressed chicken) for grilling by splitting open.
- To introduce or interpose, especially in a labored or unsuitable manner: “Some excerpts from a Renaissance mass are spatchcocked into Gluck's pallid Don Juan music” (Alan Rich).
Origin of spatchcockPerhaps short for dispatch cock, a cock or chicken that has been killed and dressed in summary manner (from dispatch + cock1), or perhaps alteration of spitchcock, an eel cut into short pieces, dressed with bread crumbs, and broiled (of unknown origin).
- Chicken meat when prepared by spatchcocking. (See below.)
- A rushed effort.
(third-person singular simple present spatchcocks, present participle spatchcocking, simple past and past participle spatchcocked)
- Also known as Frogging the chicken.
Related to spitchcock (“to split and broil an eel”), of uncertain origin.