chicken
I. noun Etymology: Middle English chiken, from Old English cicen young chicken; akin to Old English cocc cock Date: 14th century 1. a. the common domestic fowl (Gallus gallus) especially when young; also its flesh used as food — compare jungle fowl b. any of various birds or their young 2. a young woman 3. a. coward b. any of various contests in which the participants risk personal safety in order to see which one will give up first 4. [short for chickenshit] slang petty details 5. slang a young male homosexual II. adjective Date: 1941 1. a. scared b. timid, cowardly 2. slang a. insistent on petty details of duty or discipline b. petty, unimportant III. intransitive verb (chickened; chickening) Date: 1943 to lose one's nerve — usually used with out <
seemed to exhibit courage, manliness, and conviction when others chickened out — J. R. Seeley
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  • chicken — (n.) O.E. cicen young fowl, which in M.E. came to mean young chicken, then any chicken, from W.Gmc. *kiukinam (Cf. M.Du. kiekijen, Du. kieken, O.N. kjuklingr, Swed. kyckling, Ger. Küken chicken ), from root *keuk (echoic of the bird s sound and… …   Etymology dictionary

  • chicken — [chik′ən] n. [ME chicken < OE cycen < WGmc * kiukina < * kiuk ; like COCK1, of echoic orig.; akin to MLowG kûken (Du kuiken, kieken)] 1. a common gallinaceous farm bird (Gallus domesticus) raised for its edible eggs or flesh; hen or… …   English World dictionary

  • chicken — ► NOUN 1) a domestic fowl kept for its eggs or meat, especially a young one. 2) a coward. 3) informal a game in which the first person to lose their nerve and withdraw from a dangerous situation is the loser. ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ cowardly. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • Chicken — bezeichnet einen Ort in Alaska, siehe Chicken (Alaska) eine Implementierung der Programmiersprache Scheme, siehe Chicken (Scheme) Chicken ist der Familienname von Ludwig Chicken (* 1915), Alpinist und Arzt Siehe auch: Schicken …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Chicken — Chick en, n. [AS. cicen, cyceun, dim. of coc cock; akin to LG. kiken, k[ u]ken, D. Kieken, kuiken, G. k[ u]chkein. See {Cock} the animal.] 1. A young bird or fowl, esp. a young barnyard fowl. [1913 Webster] 2. A young person; a child; esp. a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chicken — Chicken, AK U.S. Census Designated Place in Alaska Population (2000): 17 Housing Units (2000): 21 Land area (2000): 115.411025 sq. miles (298.913169 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 115.411025 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • chicken — chicken. См. chicken. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • chicken — [n1] person afraid to try something coward, craven, dastard, funk, poltroon, quitter, recreant, scaredy cat*, yellow belly*; concept 423 chicken [n2] farm fowl banty, barnyard fowl, biddy, capon, chick, cock, cock a doodle do*, cockalorum,… …   New thesaurus

  • chicken — см. Приложение 1 (Gallus domesticus). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • chicken — chicken. См. цыпленок. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

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