Chicken - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈtʃɪkɪn|  American pronunciation of the word chicken
Brit.  |ˈtʃɪkɪn|  British pronunciation of the word chicken


- the flesh of a chicken used for food
- a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
- a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy (syn: crybaby, wimp)
- a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops


- easily frightened (syn: lily-livered, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied)

Extra examples

We had chicken for dinner.

It's just a spider, you chicken!

Don't be such a big chicken.

...too chicken to go through with the stunt...

...just concentrate on the important duties of the job and forget about the chicken stuff...

He must have been well forward in years, he is no chicken any more.

He chickened out of climbing up the tree.

The boy was afraid that if he did not join the others in the crime, they would say he had chickened out.

Don't be such a chicken!

Dave's too chicken to ask her out.

Why are you so chicken, Gregory?

My favorite part of the chicken is the drumstick.

The old fence was held together by chicken wire.

Section the chicken and marinate the parts.

We cooked a whole chicken.

Word forms

singular: chicken
plural: chickens
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