Definition of "chicken" []

  • The common domestic fowl (Gallus domesticus) or its young. (noun)
  • Any of various similar or related birds. (noun)
  • The flesh of the common domestic fowl. (noun)
  • Slang A coward. (noun)
  • Any of various foolhardy competitions in which the participants persist in a dangerous course of action until one loses nerve and stops. (noun)
  • A domestic fowl bred for its flesh or eggs, esp a young one (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The flesh of such a bird used for food (noun)
  • Any of various similar birds, such as a prairie chicken (noun)
  • A cowardly person (noun)
  • A young inexperienced person (noun)
  • An underage boy or girl regarded as a potential target for sexual abuse (noun)
  • Any of various, often dangerous, games or challenges in which the object is to make one's opponent lose his or her nerve (noun)
  • Easily scared; cowardly; timid (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "chicken" in a sentence
  • "Our ownership of more than one inspirational book that began with the phrase "chicken soup," yet contained no recipes."
  • "We both ordered a dish that had the word chicken in it."
  • "Till they are four months old, the term chicken is applied to the young female; after that age they are called pullets, till they begin to lay, when they are called hens."