- 1A domestic fowl kept for its eggs or meat, especially a young one.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Meat from a chicken: roast chickenMore example sentences
- The meats consisted of soft shelled crab covered in spices, tender roast beef and chicken.
- The main types of meat are pork, chicken, and mutton.
- This tells us that she won't eat red meat, chicken, pork, fish or seafood.
- 2 • informal A game in which the first person to lose nerve and withdraw from a dangerous situation is the loser.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1A coward.More example sentences
- You're right - I am a chicken, scared of everything and anything.
- Candy was right, Jane was being a coward and chicken.
adjective[predic.] • 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 penaltyMore 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.
Old English cīcen, cȳcen, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kieken and German Küchlein, and probably also to cock1.