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  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) enPR: chĭk’ĭn, IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃɪkɪn/
  • Rhymes: -ɪkɪn, -ɪkən
  • Hyphenation: chick‧en

Etymology 1

From Middle English chiken (also as chike > English chick), from Old English ċicen, ċycen (chicken), of uncertain origin. Possibly from Proto-West Germanic *kiukīn (chicken), or alternatively from Proto-West Germanic *kukkīn, equivalent to cock +‎ -en. Compare North Frisian schückling (chicken), Saterland Frisian Sjuuken (chicken), Dutch kuiken (chick, chicken), German Low German Küken (chick), whence German Küken (chick), (elevated, obsolete) German Küchlein (chick) and Old Norse kjúklingr (chicken).


chicken (countable and uncountable, plural chickens)

  1. (countable) (broad) A species of junglefowl, Gallus gallus.
  2. (countable) (narrow) A domesticated type of red junglefowl, Gallus gallus domesticus, especially when young.
    • 1997, Beverley Randell, Clive Harper, Chickens, Nelson Thornes (→ISBN), page 8:
      Some chickens lay eggs almost every day. [] Chickens are kept for their meat, too.
  3. (uncountable) The meat from this bird eaten as food.
    • 1995, Jean Paré, Chicken, Etc., Company’s Coming Publishing Limited (→ISBN), page 7:
      Before cooking chicken, or other poultry, rinse with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. (archaic) The young of any bird; a chick.
  5. (countable, slang) A coward.
    • 2008, Lanakila Michael Achong, Haole Boy: The Adoption of Diversity, iUniverse (→ISBN), page 44:
      Usually, I had no problem approaching girls, but this one was different. I went home and berated myself for being such a chicken.
    • (More commonly used as an adjective with this sense; see below.)
  6. (countable, slang) A young or inexperienced person.
    • 1886, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “The Lauriston Garden Mystery”, in A Study in Scarlet (Beeton’s Christmas Annual; 28th season), London; New York, N.Y.: Ward Lock & Co., November 1887, OCLC 15800088; republished as A Study in Scarlet. A Detective Story, new edition, London: Ward, Lock, Bowden, and Co., 1892, OCLC 23246292, page 43:
      “This case will make a stir, sir,” he remarked. “It beats anything I have seen, and I am no chicken.”
  7. (countable, Polari) A young, attractive, slim man, usually having little body hair; compare chickenhawk.
  8. The game of dare.
    1. 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 chicken (that is, the loser).
  9. A simple dance in which the movements of a chicken are imitated.
  • (bird): biddy, chook (Australia, NZ)
  • (coward): see Thesaurus:coward
  • (young inexperienced person): spring chicken
  • (young, attractive, slim man): twink
  • (bird): cock, cockerel, rooster (male), hen (female), chick (young), broiler (suitable as food)
Derived terms
  • German: Chicken
  • Irish: sicín
  • Japanese: チキン (chikin)
  • Korean: 치킨 (chikin)
See also
  • egg
  • poultry
  • ????


chicken (comparative more chicken, superlative most chicken)

  1. (informal) Cowardly.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:cowardly, Thesaurus:afraid
Derived terms
  • chicken out

Etymology 2

Shortening of chicken out.


chicken (third-person singular simple present chickens, present participle chickening, simple past and past participle chickened)

  1. (intransitive) To avoid a situation one is afraid of.

Etymology 3

From chick +‎ -en (plural ending).



  1. (Britain dialectal or obsolete) plural of chick

Further reading

  • chicken on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • chicken (food) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • chicken (game) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • chicken (gay slang) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • chicken (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • check in, check-in, checkin’, in check



From English chicken.


chicken (plural chickens)

  1. chicken


Alternative forms

  • cry baby, cry-baby


From cry +‎ baby.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹaɪˌbeɪbi/


crybaby (plural crybabies)

  1. A baby who cries excessively.
  2. (slang) Someone whose feelings are very easily hurt, often by trivial matters.
  3. (slang) Someone who takes offense or excessively complains when things aren’t going well.

Related terms

  • crybully
  • cry like a baby


See also

  • bellyacher
  • complainer
  • sniveler
  • whiner
  • whinger

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