Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rooster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rooster or cock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cock, so called from the clearness or loudness of his voice in crowing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cock: a quasi-proper name used like reynard, bruin, and other similar appellatives.
  • n. A local English name of the gemmous dragonet, Callionymus draco.

Etymologies

Middle English chauntecler, from Old French chantecler, the name of the rooster in the tale of Reynard the Fox : chanter, to sing; see chant + cler, clear; see clear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French chantecler, the proper name of the cock in Reynard the Fox. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "And you rolling to bed and shouting like chanticleer, 'Sing cucu, sing cucu, cucu nu nu cucu, sing cucu, sing cucu, sing cucu, sing cucu.'"

    Chapter 11

  • The group is the Grammy-winning all-male vocal ensemble Chanticleer (chanticleer. org), which had sung some holiday songs on the Today show last Friday.

    Albert Imperato: Chanticleer Hits Prime Time

  • By Anonymous, at Mon Jan 15, 02:36:00 PM where was that statement, chanticleer?

    The Voters Deserve a Choice

  • And chanticleer, I remember the translation service once informing us in Committee that the Welsh-speaking Chief Executive of the Wales Tourist Board had said "In Wales, it is usually p**sing down".

    Extending Parliamentary Language

  • He had a couple of bedrooms adjacent to this sitting-room, and when Binnie, as brisk and rosy about the gills as chanticleer, broke out in a morning salutation, “Hush,” says the

    The Newcomes

  • In the porkers he saw carved out the future sleek side of bacon, and juicy, relishing ham; not a turkey but he beheld daintily trussed up, with its gizzard under its wing, and, peradventure, a necklace-of savory sausages; and even bright chanticleer himself lay sprawling on his back, in a side-dish, with uplifted claws, as if craving that quarter which his chivalrous spirit disdained to ask while living.

    Washington Irving

  • As I have said, I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake my neighbors up.

    Walden

  • In the porkers he saw carved out the future sleek side of bacon, and juicy relishing ham; not a turkey but he beheld daintily trussed up, with its gizzard under its wing, and, peradventure, a necklace of savory sausages; and even bright chanticleer himself lay sprawling on his back, in a side-dish, with uplifted claws, as if craving that quarter which his chivalrous spirit disdained to ask while living.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • Looking up past creeper-grown lattice windows, Wexford noticed its fellow, a crowing chanticleer on the weather vane.

    A Guilty Thing Surprised

  • At any rate, that strutting chanticleer, with his two meagre wives and one wizened chicken, is a sly side fleer at the tragic aspect of the law of descent.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 31, May, 1860

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  • Day rattles, too,
    Stealth's slow;
    The sun has got as far
    As the third sycamore.
    Screams chanticleer.
    "Who's there?" - Emily Dickinson

    June 28, 2009

  • A rooster

    June 28, 2009