- 1A domestic fowl kept for its eggs or meat, especially a young one: rationing was still in force and most people kept chickensMore 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.
- 1.1 [mass noun] Meat 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 [mass noun] • informal A game in which the first person to lose their nerve and withdraw from a dangerous situation is the loser: he was killed by a car after he lay in the road playing chickenMore 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.
- 2.1 [count noun] A 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.’
- Denoting a situation in which each of two things appears to be necessary to the other: it’s a chicken-and-egg situation where men don’t come forward because there’s no research to report and until they come forward research isn’t forthcomingMore example sentences
- It then becomes a chicken-and-egg situation - without experience, they cannot find work and without work, they cannot gain experience.
- This, of course, is a chicken-and-egg situation.
- We have here the classic chicken-and-egg situation.
don't count your chickens before they're hatched
- see count1.
like a headless chicken
- • informal In a panic-stricken and unthinking manner: players were running about like headless chickens, going in different directionsMore example sentences
- I'm over the moon she is back even though I am running around like a headless chicken after her.
- Sometimes I find myself sitting around the house doing very little, others I seem to be rushing around like a headless chicken.
- Do you ever get days when you're running round like a headless chicken?
Old English cīcen, cȳcen, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kieken and German Küchlein, and probably also to cock1.