Definition of chicken in English:
1A domestic fowl kept for its eggs or meat, especially a young one.
- Most of us think we're familiar with the sounds of the domestic chicken, but not all fowl calls are created equal.
- As birds go, the domestic chicken is hardly built for high-performance flight.
- This brief summary demonstrates the level of understanding that has been gained in studying the scutate scales of the chicken.
2 informal A game in which the first person to lose nerve and withdraw from a dangerous situation is the loser.
- Bondholders are playing a dangerous game of chicken because they feel they have little to lose.
- I think it's sort of a game of chicken until then.
- It's like we're playing a game of chicken in reverse.
adjective[predicative] informal Back to top
verb[no object] (chicken out) informal Back to top
Withdraw from or fail in something through lack of nerve: the referee chickened out of giving a penalty
More example sentences
- But every time I almost get up the nerve to go and speak to her, I chicken out.
- Maybe you'll intend to come clean but chicken out.
- She said, ‘We need to raise a better generation that won't chicken out.’
don't count your chickens before they're hatched
- see count1.
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