What is the difference between hen and chook?

hen | chook |

As nouns the difference between hen and chook

is that hen is a female bird while chook is (australia|new zealand|slang) a hen; a cooked chicken; a chicken dressed for cooking.

As a adverb hen

is (dialectal) hence.

As a verb hen

is (dialectal) to throw.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) henne, heonne, hinne, from earlier henene, heonenen, henen, from (etyl) heonan, hionan, heonane, . See also (l).


(en adverb)
  • (dialectal) Hence.
  • Etymology 2

    From , or a variant of hench.


  • (dialectal) To throw.
  • Etymology 3

    From (etyl), from (etyl) henn, .

    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • A female bird.
  • (specifically ) A female chicken, especially one kept for its eggs.
  • * , title=The Mirror and the Lamp
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen , the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.}}
  • (slang) A woman.
  • (informal) The woman whose impending marriage is being celebrated at a hen night.
  • Derived terms
    * henbane * hen harrier * hen party * henpecked * mother hen
    See also
    * * broody


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    (en noun)
  • (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 , page 683,
  • Worm chickens once every three months and, if an occasional lice problem occurs, spray the inside of the chook shed with Coopex.
  • * 2006', Judith Brett, ''The '''Chook in the Australian Unconscious'', in Peter Beilharz, Robert Manne, ''Reflected Light: La Trobe Essays , page 329,
  • 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.
  • * 2011 , Helen Maczkowiackpeglerpegler, An Awkward Fit , page 21,
  • 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 .’
  • (Australia, dated) A fool.
  • Derived terms

    * chook chaser * chookhouse * chook poop * chook raffle * chook wheel * chookyard