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Chicken appears in the following tongue twister:

  • I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun chicken:


Fun fact! Cowards have been called chickens since the 14th century.

The word chicken is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun chicken

What does chicken mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: chickens

  1. the flesh of a chicken used for food
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonyms of chicken: poulet / volaille
    • more generic word: poultry = flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
    • more specific words:
      • broiler = flesh of a small young chicken not over 2 1/2 lb suitable for broiling
      • capon = flesh of a castrated male chicken
      • pullet / frier / fryer = flesh of a medium-sized young chicken suitable for frying
      • roaster = flesh of a large young chicken over 3 1/2 lb suitable for roasting
      • spatchcock = flesh of a chicken (or game bird) split down the back and grilled
      • hen = flesh of an older chicken suitable for stewing
    • part of: Gallus gallus = a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs
    • parts:
  2. a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • scientific names: Phasianus gallus / species Phasianus gallus / Gallus gallus
    • more generic terms: domestic fowl / fowl / poultry = a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl
    • more specific terms:
      • biddy / chick = young bird especially of domestic fowl
      • rooster / cock = adult male chicken
      • capon = castrated male chicken
      • biddy / hen = adult female chicken
      • spring chicken = a young chicken having tender meat
      • Rhode Island red = American breed of heavy-bodied brownish-red general-purpose chicken
      • Dominique / Dominick = American breed of chicken having barred grey plumage raised for meat and brown eggs
      • Orpington = English breed of large chickens with white skin
    • part: volaille / poulet = the flesh of a chicken used for food
    • young animal: chick
    • female animal: hen / pullet
    • male animal: rooster / cock / cockerel / capon (castrated male)
    • collective noun: flock / brood / peep (chicks) / clutch (eggs)
    • collateral adjective: galline
    • culinary noun for meat: poultry
    • geographic area: Caribbean, Oceania, Southern Asia
    • observational distribution: specimen and observational data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility Network (not necessarily true occurrence density gradients)
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  3. a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy
  4. a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: competition / contest = an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants

Alternative definition of the noun chicken


  1. [countable] A domestic fowl, Gallus gallus, especially when young
  2. [uncountable] The meat from this bird eaten as food.
    • [context: countable, slang] A coward.
    • [countable, gay slang] A young, attractive, slim man, usually having little body hair. Cf. chickenhawk
    • [context: countable, slang] A young or inexperienced person.
    • 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.
    • The game of dare.

    Definition of the adjective chicken

    What does chicken mean as an attribute of a noun?

    adjective - degrees: -

    1. easily frightened

    Alternative definition of the adjective chicken


    1. See cowardly.

    Definition of the verb chicken

    What does chicken mean as a doing word?

    verb - inflections: chickened | chickening | chickens

    1. [intransitive] To avoid as a result of fear.
    2. [intransitive] To develop physical or other characteristics resembling a chicken's, for example, bumps on the skin.


    Chicken is a census-designated place in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska, United States. Chicken is a community founded on gold mining and is one of the few surviving gold rush towns in Alaska. The population was 7 at the 2010 Census. However, usually year round, there are 17 inhabitants. Due to mining, Chicken's population peaks during the summer. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.


    1. Chicken a.k.a. Andrew Aguilar is an actor and casting director.
    2. Chicken a.k.a. Gary "Chicken" Hirsh: Gary "Chicken" Hirsh was born in Chicago in March, 9 1940. He was a drummer for the rock group Country Joe and the Fish. In December 1966 he replaced John Francis Gunning, and left the band in 1969. He then opened an art supply shop called Abraxas in Oakland, later went to New York, before returning to Berkeley. He's said to be the one who altered the FISH cheer at a concert at New York's Central Park. He also played with the group Blackburn & Snow, and with the Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band. In 1972 he played and record with Touchstone in 1972, with one of his paintings appearing on the inside of the album. He is now an artist, t-shirt manufacturer, and jazz musician living in Ashland, Oregon, and has also reunited with the Country Joe Band.
    3. Chicken a.k.a. James Ecklund is an actor.
    4. Chicken is a musical artist.
      • also known as Ronny
      • born in (38 years ago)
      • profession: Musician
      • member of musical group Schusterjungs (Drums) since

    There are other people with in their name, like Chicken Run, Chicken Feed, Chicken John, Chicken Hawks, Chicken Wings, Chicken-Wings, Robot Chicken, Chicken Little, The Chicken Man, George Bell Chicken and many others.


    1. Chicken is a fictional film character.
    2. Chicken is a fictional character from the 2003 film Supari.

    There are other characters with in their name, like Chicken Boo, Chicken Boy, Chicken Joe, Chicken Man, Chicken Wing, Chicken-Wing, Fried chicken, Chicken Farmer, Chicken Licken, Chicken Little, Chicken Charlie, Fission Chicken, Camilla the Chicken, Chicken George Moore, Kung-Fu Chicken Noodle, Ernie The Giant Chicken, Marvo the Wonder Chicken.


    1. "Chicken" is L.A. rock band Ednaswap's first and only EP. It was recorded after the band left Eastwest Records and was signed to Island Records, and came out a year before their full-length Island debut, Wacko Magneto.
    2. "Chicken" is a song by The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, released as the fourth single from their debut album Hörse of the Dög. It was played often on MTV Rocks and Kerrang!. The cover of the single features artwork by Buzz Parker, creator of Emily Strange. The song was used in Nike's May 2012 commercial My Time Is Now.
    3. "Chicken" is a composition.
    4. "CHICKEN" is a musical album of FUZZY CONTROL.
      • released on (12 years ago)
    5. "Chicken" is a musical album of Six Ft Hick.
      • released in (16 years ago)


    "Chicken" is a book by Delia Smith.

    • also known as "Chicken (SMARTCOOK COLLECTION)"
    • subjects: Cooking, Wine


    1. "Chicken" is a 2001 Irish short film directed by Barry Dignam about the way adolescent males sometimes redirect their feelings of affection for each other into often violent or competitive activities such as games of chicken.
    2. "Chicken" is a 2013 short film written and directed by Aleksandra Terpinska.
    3. "Chicken" is a 1990 short film directed by Jo Shoop.
    4. "Chicken" is a short film, directed by Jessica Burstein.


    1. Chicken: The game of chicken, also known as the hawk-dove game or snowdrift game, is an influential model of conflict for two players in game theory. The principle of the game is that while each player prefers not to yield to the other, the worst possible outcome occurs when both players do not yield.
      • also known as 膽小鬼博弈
    2. CHICKEN is a compiler and interpreter for the Scheme programming language that compiles Scheme code to standard C. It is mostly R5RS compliant and offers many extensions to the standard. CHICKEN is free software available under the BSD license. It is implemented mostly in Scheme, with some parts in C for performance or to make embedding into C programs easier.
    3. Chicken can be used, usually by gay men referring to other gay men, to mean a young gay man or young-appearing gay man—stereotypically describing an adolescent youth, usually one with an innocent nature.

    Phrases with Chicken

    1. chicken leg
    2. chicken out
    3. chicken run
    4. chicken coop
    5. chicken corn
    6. chicken farm
    7. chicken feed
    8. chicken hawk
    9. chicken kiev
    10. Chicken Salt
    11. chicken soup
    12. chicken stew
    13. chicken taco
    14. Chicken Tree
    15. chicken wing
    16. chicken wire
    17. chicken yard
    18. Chicken-Shit
    19. Chicken-Wing
    20. Sage Chicken

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    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Chicken

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    Google previewThe Grilling Encyclopedia (1994)

    An A-to-Z Compendium of how to Grill Almost Anything

    Chicken breasts were made for the charcoal grill. Cooked with the skin on and the bone in gives the delicate white breast meat a little more flavor and succulence than those that have been skinned and boned.

    Google previewThe Wizard of Food's Encyclopedia of Kitchen & Cooking Secrets (2010)

    by Myles H. Bader

    CHICKEN, FROZEN SOLID SCIENCE Chefs never buy a frozen chicken. There is too much flavor loss in the processing, and most chefs are not comfortable refreezing poultry if it had been frozen previously. Science of Buying Frozen Chicken ...

    Google previewDictionary of Flavors (2008)

    by Dolf De Rovira

    Chicken — Chicory (Chickory) Powder purpose. For this reason, ester blends with citrus oils like tutti fruity, mint oils, and other oil soluble fruit flavors seem to work the best. Tutti fruity flavors are based on an orange/vanilla blend with ...

    Google previewContinuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in World Art (2006)

    by Hope B. Werness

    Chicken. The Chinese domesticated chickens before the beginning of the Common Era from the red jungle fowl (Gallus gallus), a type still ...

    Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

    Volume 7: Foodways by John T. Edge

    Poultry is a common item in the food consumption patterns of southerners today, and the regional taste for fried chicken is one that has persisted for many years. Poultry, especially chicken, has served as a regular but supplementary meat to ...

    Google previewThe Literary Devil's Dictionary (2009)

    by Tom Twain

    CHICKEN. RUN. FARMS. IN SCENIC FREEZEBONE, NORTH DAKOTA! This is what your tired mind has been looking for! LOW PAY Never have to worry about investments and taxes again! We'll pay you just enough to survive. No more heart ...

    Google previewIFIS Dictionary of Food Science and Technology (2009)

    by International Food Information Service

    Chhana Chicken skin results in a softer product. Examples include caramels and nougat. Chhana Indian style soft cottage cheese analogue prepared by heating milk (usually cow milk) to nearly boiling, adding acid coagulants while the milk is ...

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    Quotes about Chicken

    The bush fowl saw the chicken being carved up and laughed. The chicken told the bush fowl to stop laughing. For the same hands now carving up the chicken would be used to carve up the bush fowl.
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    Scrabble value of C3H4I1C3K5E1N1

    The value of this 7-letter word is 18 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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