Chicken-hawk definition

(vulgar slang) A man who seeks out boys or young men as his sexual partners.
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(slang) An adult male who seeks out boys or young men for sexual activity.
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(informal) A person, especially a public figure, who favors military force or action to carry out a foreign policy but has never served in the military.
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Any of various hawks that prey on or have the reputation of preying on chickens.
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(slang) A person, esp. a politician, who avidly supports his country's military action but has avoided military service himself in the past.
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(UK, US, gay slang) An adult male preferring younger male sexual partners.
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The definition of a chicken hawk is a predatory bird that hunts and eats barnyard animals like chickens, or is slang for a man who looks for young boys as sexual partners.

An example of a chicken hawk is the cartoon character Foghorn Leghorn.

An example of a chicken hawk is a pedophile.

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Any of various hawks, esp. an accipiter, that prey, or are reputed to prey, on barnyard fowl.
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(archaic, zoology) Any of the North American hawk species (Cooper's hawk, sharp-shinned hawk and red-tailed hawk), or counterparts elsewhere, mistakenly believed to be pests.
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(pejorative, politics, slang) An advocate of war or military action who is avoiding personal military service, or avoided it in the past.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
chicken-hawk
Plural:
chicken-hawks

Origin of chicken-hawk

  • chicken (in the Old English sense of cycen: young fowl, its alleged primary prey) + hawk

    From Wiktionary