(countable) A domestic fowl, Gallus gallus , especially when young
(uncountable) The meat from this bird eaten as food.
(countable, slang) A coward.
(countable, gay slang) A young, attractive, slim man, usually having little body hair. Compare chickenhawk
(countable, slang) A young or inexperienced person.
* 1887 , Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet , III:
* Jonathan Swift
- "This case will make a stir, sir," he remarked. "It beats anything I have seen, and I am no chicken ."
A confrontational game in which the participants move toward each other at high speed (usually in automobiles); the player who turns first to avoid colliding into the other is the chicken (, the loser.)
- Stella is no chicken .
The game of dare.
- Don't play chicken with a freight train; you're guaranteed to lose.
* (bird) cock (male only), chook , hen (female only), rooster (male only)
* (young inexperienced person) spring chicken
* See also
* chicken and egg
* chicken feed
* chicken fillet
* chicken Kiev
* chicken salt
* like a chicken with its head cut off
* like a chicken with the pip
* play chicken
* run around like a chicken with its head cut off
* spring chicken
To avoid as a result of fear.
To develop physical or other characteristics resembling a chicken's, for example, bumps on the skin.
* chicken out
* chicken legs
(Australia, New Zealand, slang) A hen; a cooked chicken; a chicken dressed for cooking.
* 2005 , , The Complete Burke?s Backyard: The Ultimate Book of Fact Sheets ,
* 2006', Judith Brett, ''The '''Chook in the Australian Unconscious'', in Peter Beilharz, Robert Manne, ''Reflected Light: La Trobe Essays ,
- Worm chickens once every three months and, if an occasional lice problem occurs, spray the inside of the chook shed with Coopex.
* 2011 , Helen Maczkowiackpeglerpegler, An Awkward Fit ,
- This little book, with its meticulous pencil drawings of chooks' in mechanical contraptions and photos to show the machine in operation with a white leghorn called Gregory Peck, is evidence of both the sadism inspired by the ' chook ?s comparatively flightless fate and the laughter we use to defend ourselves against the knowledge of that sadism.
(Australia, dated) A fool.
- She decided to dig her way under the fence into their chook house and had great fun running around and biting the necks of about eight chooks' and leaving them half-dead and bleeding. The neighbour was furious, and unfortunately it was Dad?s birthday, so when he arrived home from work, Mum said ‘Happy birthday and(sic) darling. Guess what? Your dog has half-killed most of the neighbour?s ' chooks .’
* chook chaser
* chook poop
* chook raffle
* chook wheel