from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The common domestic fowl (Gallus domesticus) or its young.
- n. Any of various similar or related birds.
- n. The flesh of the common domestic fowl.
- n. Slang A coward.
- n. Any of various foolhardy competitions in which the participants persist in a dangerous course of action until one loses nerve and stops.
- n. Vulgar Slang A young gay male, especially as sought by an older man.
- adj. Slang Afraid; cowardly.
- intransitive v. Slang To act in a cowardly manner; lose one's nerve: chickened out at the last moment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A domestic fowl, Gallus gallus, especially when young
- n. The meat from this bird eaten as food.
- n. A coward.
- n. A young, attractive, slim man, usually having little body hair. Cf. chickenhawk
- n. A young or inexperienced person.
- n. A confrontational game in which the participants move toward each other at high speed (usually in automobiles); the player who turns first to avoid colliding into the other is the loser.
- n. The game of dare.
- adj. cowardly
- v. To avoid as a result of fear.
- v. To develop physical or other characteristics resembling a chicken's, for example, bumps on the skin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A young bird or fowl, esp. a young barnyard fowl.
- n. A young person; a child; esp. a young woman; a maiden; same as spring chicken.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The young of the domestic hen: in this sense now less exact than chick.
- n. A domestic or barn-yàrd fowl, especially one less than a year old.
- n. The young of some birds other than the domestic hen.
- n. A common name of the pinnated grouse or prairie-hen (prairie-chicken), Cupidonia cupido (see cut under Cupidonia), and of the sharp-tailed grouse, Pediæcetes phasianellus.
- n. A person of tender years; a child: sometimes used as a term of endearment, or with a negative (no chicken), in satirical implication of mature years.
- n. A name applied with a qualifying adjective to various fishes, as in the north of Ireland to the Atherina presbyter, called the Portaferry chicken.
- n. A kind of turtle whose shell is used in commerce.
- n. Embroidery, especially embroidery upon muslin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy
- n. a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
- adj. easily frightened
- n. a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops
- n. the flesh of a chicken used for food
Middle English chiken, from Old English cīcen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English ċicen, cycen ("chicken"), diminutive of coc, cocc ("cock, rooster"), or from Proto-Germanic *kiukīnan. Cognate with Dutch kuiken ("chick, chicken"), Low German küken ("chicken"), German Küken ("chick"), German dialectal Küchlein ("chicken") and Old Norse kjúklingr ("chicken"). More at cock, -en. (Wiktionary)