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chick·en

 (chĭk′ən)
n.
1.
a. A common domesticated fowl (Gallus domesticus) widely raised for meat and eggs and believed to be descended from the jungle fowl G. gallus.
b. Any of various similar or related birds.
c. The flesh of the chicken, used as food.
2. Slang A coward.
3. Any of various foolhardy competitions in which the participants persist in a dangerous course of action until one loses nerve and stops.
4. Vulgar Slang A young gay male, especially as sought by an older man.
adj. Slang
Afraid; cowardly.
intr.v. chick·ened, chick·en·ing, chick·ens Slang
To act in a cowardly manner; lose one's nerve: chickened out at the last moment.

[Middle English chiken, from Old English cīcen.]

chicken

(ˈtʃɪkɪn)
n
1. (Animals) a domestic fowl bred for its flesh or eggs, esp a young one
2. (Cookery) the flesh of such a bird used for food
3. (Animals) any of various similar birds, such as a prairie chicken
4. slang a cowardly person
5. slang a young inexperienced person
6. slang an underage boy or girl regarded as a potential target for sexual abuse
7. (Games, other than specified) informal any of various, often dangerous, games or challenges in which the object is to make one's opponent lose his or her nerve
8. count one's chickens before they are hatched to be overoptimistic in acting on expectations which are not yet fulfilled
9. like a headless chicken informal Brit disorganized and uncontrolled
10. no chicken no spring chicken slang no longer young: she's no chicken.
adj
slang easily scared; cowardly; timid
[Old English ciecen; related to Old Norse kjūklingr gosling, Middle Low German küken chicken]

chick•en

(ˈtʃɪk ən)

n.
1. a domestic fowl, Gallus domesticus, descended from various jungle fowl of SE Asia and developed in a number of breeds for its flesh, eggs, and feathers.
2. the young of this bird, esp. when less than a year old.
3. the flesh of the chicken used as food.
4. Slang.
a. a cowardly or fearful person.
b. a young or inexperienced person.
c. Usually Offensive. a young woman.
d. a young male sexual partner sought by older men.
5. a contest or confrontation that threatens serious, sometimes fatal consequences if one of the participants errs or does not yield.
adj.
6. Informal.
a. cowardly.
b. frightened.
7. Slang.
a. petty or trivial: a chicken regulation.
b. obsessed with petty details.
v.
8. chicken out, to withdraw from a commitment, esp. out of fear.
[before 950; Middle English chiken, Old English cīcen; akin to Middle Dutch kieken, Middle Low German küken]
usage: Definition 5f is usually perceived as insulting to women.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chicken - the flesh of a chicken used for foodchicken - the flesh of a chicken used for food
Gallus gallus, chicken - a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
poultry - flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
broiler - flesh of a small young chicken not over 2 1/2 lb suitable for broiling
capon - flesh of a castrated male chicken
frier, fryer, pullet - 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 (usually immediately after being killed)
hen - flesh of an older chicken suitable for stewing
white meat, breast - meat carved from the breast of a fowl
chicken wing - the wing of a chicken
2.chicken - a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggschicken - a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
domestic fowl, fowl, poultry - a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl
chick, biddy - 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
Dominick, Dominique - American breed of chicken having barred grey plumage raised for meat and brown eggs
Orpington - English breed of large chickens with white skin
chicken, poulet, volaille - the flesh of a chicken used for food
3.chicken - a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washychicken - a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy
doormat, weakling, wuss - a person who is physically weak and ineffectual
4.chicken - a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops
contest, competition - an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
Adj.1.chicken - easily frightenedchicken - easily frightened      
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley

chicken

noun
Slang. An ignoble, uncourageous person:
Slang: yellow-belly.
adjective
Translations
جَباندجاجدَجَاجدَجَاجَةفَرْخ، فَرّوج
пиле
kuřezbaběleckuřecíposera
kyllingbangebukshønekujon
koko
argkanakanaliha
جوجهمرغ
kanapelkuri
pouletpoussinpoulepoule mouillée
piletinakokoškokoškapile
csirkecsirkehúsgyáva nyuszicsibe
ayam
kjúklingur
鶏肉
bailelisbailusbailysišsigąstivėjaraupiai
cāļa gaļacālisjeradveselezakapastala
găinăpui
kurakuracina
piščanec
kycklinghöna
เนื้อไก่ไก่
piliçtavukpiliç/tavuk etitabansızkorkak
con gàthịt gà

chicken

[ˈtʃɪkɪn]
A. N (= hen) → gallina f; (= cock) → pollo m; (as food) → pollo (= coward) → gallina mf
roast chickenpollo m asado
to be chickendejarse intimidar, acobardarse
to play chickenjugar a quién es más valiente
it's a chicken and egg situationes aquello de la gallina y el huevo
the chickens are coming home to roostahora se ven las consecuencias
don't count your chickens before they're hatchedno hagas las cuentas de la lechera
see also spring D
B. CPD chicken farmer Navicultor(a) m/f
chicken farming Navicultura f
chicken feed N (lit) → pienso m para gallinas
it's chicken feed to himpara él es una bagatela
chicken liver Nhígado m de pollo
chicken run Ncorral m
chicken wire Ntela f metálica, alambrada f
chicken out VI + ADVrajarse
to chicken out of sth/doing sth: he chickened out of the auditionse rajó y no se presentó a la prueba
he chickened out of asking her to dinnerse rajó y no la invitó a cenar, no se atrevió a invitarla a cenar

chicken

[ˈtʃɪkɪn]
n
(= bird) → poulet m
to count one's chickens → vendre la peau de l'ours
to count one's chickens before they're hatched → vendre la peau de l'ours avant de l'avoir tué
it's a chicken and egg situation → c'est l'histoire de l'œuf et de la poule
to run round like a headless chicken, to rush round like a headless chicken (mainly British) (= behave in a panicky, unfocused way) → courir dans tous les sens
(= meat) → poulet m
(= coward) → poule f mouillée
modif [soup, salad, sandwich] → au poulet
chicken out
vise dégonfler
to chicken out of doing sth → se dégonfler au moment de faire qch
He chickened out of asking her to the party → Il s'est dégonflé au moment de l'inviter à la fête.chicken breast nblanc m (de poulet)chicken drumstick npilon m (de poulet)chicken farmer naviculteur/trice m/fchicken liver n (= single) → foie m de volaille; (ingredient)foies mpl de volaillechicken nuggets nplnuggets mpl de poulet

chicken

n
Huhn nt; (for roasting, frying) → Hähnchen nt; she’s no chicken (inf)sie ist nicht mehr die Jüngste; chicken liverHühner- or Geflügelleber f; to run around like a headless chickenwie ein kopfloses Huhn herumlaufen; don’t count your chickens (before they’re hatched) (Prov) → man soll den Tag nicht vor dem Abend loben (Prov); it’s a chicken and egg situation (inf)das ist eine Zwickmühle
(inf, = coward) → feiges Huhn (inf), → Feigling m
adj (inf)feig; he’s chickener ist ein Feigling or ein feiges Huhn (inf); he’s too chicken to do iter ist zu feig(e)

chicken

in cpdsHühner-;
chicken farmer
nHühnerzüchter m
chicken feed
n
(lit)Hühnerfutter nt
(inf: = insignificant sum) → ein paar Cent; they expect us to work for chickensie erwarten, dass wir für ’n Appel und ’n Ei arbeiten (inf)
chicken flu
nHühnergrippe f
chicken-hearted, chicken-livered
adjfeige, hasenherzig (old, liter)
chickenpox
nWindpocken pl
chicken run
nHühnerhof m, → Auslauf m
chickenshit (US sl)
n
(= coward)Angsthase m (inf), → Memme f (pej inf)
no pl to be chicken (= be worthless)Scheiße sein (sl), → einen Dreck wert sein (inf)
adj
(= cowardly)feige
(= worthless)beschissen (inf)
chicken wire
nHühnerdraht m

chicken

[ˈtʃɪkɪn]
1. npollo (fam) (coward) → coniglio
don't count your chickens before they're hatched (Proverb) → non dire quattro finché non l'hai nel sacco
2. adj (stock, breast, liver) → di pollo; (farmer, farming) → di polli
chicken out vi + adv (fam) → avere fifa
to chicken out of sth → tirarsi indietro da qc per fifa or paura

chicken

(ˈtʃikin) noun
1. a young bird, especially a young hen. She keeps chickens.
2. its flesh used as food. a plate of fried chicken.
3. (slang.) a coward.
ˌchicken-ˈhearted adjective
cowardly.
ˈchicken-pox noun
an infectious disease with fever and red itchy spots.
chicken out
to avoid doing something because of cowardice. He chickened out at the last minute.

chicken

دَجَاج, دَجَاجَة kuře, kuřecí kylling Huhn, Hühnerfleisch κοτόπουλο gallina, pollo kana poulet pile, piletina pollo, 鶏肉 kip kylling drób, kurczak frango, galinha курица, курятина kyckling เนื้อไก่, ไก่ tavuk con gà, thịt gà , 鸡肉

chicken

n. pollo;
___ breastpechuga.

chicken

n pollo
References in classic literature ?
Two easy chairs stood side by side at the head of the table, in which sat Beth and her father, feasting modestly on chicken and a little fruit.
Along Trunion Pike she went to Ned Winters' barn and turning east followed a street of low frame houses that led over Gospel Hill and into Sucker Road that ran down a shallow valley past Ike Smead's chicken farm to Waterworks Pond.
He takes a chicken once in a while, but I won't let the men harm him.
It now contained only Chanticleer, his two wives, and a solitary chicken.
at once shadowy and sensual, A tender loin of beef, a hind-quarter of veal, a spare-rib of pork, a particular chicken, or a remarkably praiseworthy turkey, which had perhaps adorned his board in the days of the elder Adams, would be remembered; while all the subsequent experience of our race, and all the events that brightened or darkened his individual career, had gone over him with as little permanent effect as the passing breeze.
Not a chicken or turkey or duck in the barn-yard but looked grave when they saw her approaching, and seemed evidently to be reflecting on their latter end; and certain it was that she was always meditating on trussing, stuffing and roasting, to a degree that was calculated to inspire terror in any reflecting fowl living.
Every night now I used to slip ashore towards ten o'clock at some little village, and buy ten or fifteen cents' worth of meal or bacon or other stuff to eat; and sometimes I lifted a chicken that warn't roosting comfortable, and took him along.
Ye--es," Miss Dearborn answered hesitatingly, never very sure of herself under Rebecca's fire; "but though we often speak of a baby, a chicken, or a kitten as `it,' they are really masculine or feminine gender, not neuter.
Invite him to dinner, Emma, and help him to the best of the fish and the chicken, but leave him to chuse his own wife.
He was a blessing to all the juvenile part of the neighbourhood, for in summer he was for ever forming parties to eat cold ham and chicken out of doors, and in winter his private balls were numerous enough for any young lady who was not suffering under the unsatiable appetite of fifteen.
Next morning I had the pleasure of encountering him; left a bullet in one of his poor etiolated arms, feeble as the wing of a chicken in the pip, and then thought I had done with the whole crew.
Medlock had bought a lunchbasket at one of the stations and they had some chicken and cold beef and bread and butter and some hot tea.