from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dressed and split chicken for roasting or broiling on a spit.
- transitive v. To prepare (a dressed chicken) for grilling by splitting open.
- transitive v. To introduce or interpose, especially in a labored or unsuitable manner: "Some excerpts from a Renaissance mass are spatchcocked into Gluck's pallid Don Juan music” ( Alan Rich).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Chicken meat when prepared by spatchcocking. (See below.)
- n. A rushed effort.
- v. To cut poultry along the spine and spread the halves apart, for more even cooking when grilled.
- v. To interpolate, insert or sandwich (in or into)
- v. To prepare in haste.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See spitchcock.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fowl killed and immediately broiled, as for some sudden occasion.
- To kill and serve (a fowl) hastily, as a spatch-cock.
- To prepare (something) in haste for an emergency; in the extract, to insert hastily into a document.
- Milit., to punish by stretching upon the ground with arms and legs extended and fastened down.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. prepare for eating if or as if a spatchcock
- n. flesh of a chicken (or game bird) split down the back and grilled (usually immediately after being killed)
- v. interpolate or insert (words) into a sentence or story
Perhaps alteration of spitchcock, a way of cooking an eel.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Related to spitchcock ("to split and broil an eel"), of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)