Hen meaning

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The female of the domesticated chicken.
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A usually older woman, especially one who is engaged in conversation with other women.
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A female bird, especially the adult female chicken.
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The female of certain aquatic animals, such as an octopus or lobster.
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The female of various other birds or of certain other animals, as the lobster.
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A woman, esp. an older woman.
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A female bird, especially the adult female chicken.
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(dialectal) Hence.
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(dialectal) To throw.
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A female bird.
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(specifically) A female chicken, especially one kept for its eggs.
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(slang) A woman.
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(informal) The woman whose impending marriage is being celebrated at a hen night.
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Origin of hen

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

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

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

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

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