Hen Definition

hĕn
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noun
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The female of the domesticated chicken.
Webster's New World
The female of various other birds or of certain other animals, as the lobster.
Webster's New World
A woman, esp. an older woman.
Webster's New World

(informal) The woman whose impending marriage is being celebrated at a hen night.

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Synonyms:
biddysetting henbrooderpulletfemale chicken
adverb

(dialectal) Hence.

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verb

(dialectal) To throw.

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Other Word Forms of Hen

Noun

Singular:
hen
Plural:
hens

Origin of Hen

  • From Middle English henne, heonne, hinne, from earlier henene, heonenen, henen, from Old English heonan, hionan, heonane, heonone (“hence, from here, away, from how"), from Proto-Germanic *hina, *hinanō (“from here"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe-, *ḱey- (“this, here"). Cognate with Dutch heen (“away"), German hin (“hence, from here"), Danish hen (“away, further, on"). See also hence.

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  • From Middle English, from Old English henn, hænn (“hen, female chicken"), from Proto-Germanic *hanjō (“hen"), from Proto-Indo-European *kana- (“to sing"). Cognate with Dutch hen (“hen"), German Henne (“hen"), Icelandic hæna (“hen"). Related also to Old English hana (“cock, rooster").

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  • Middle English from Old English kan- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From hen (“hence, away"), or a variant of hench.

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