chicken - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a bird kept for its eggs and meat. The sound it makes is called clucking. The female chicken is called a hen and the male is called a cock or a rooster. A baby chicken is called a chick.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the meat of a chicken

      a chicken leg

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  2. 2
    [countable] informal someone who is not brave enough to do something
  3. 3
    [uncountable] a game played especially by children in which the winner is the person who continues doing something dangerous the longest
    play chicken:

    The kids were playing chicken on the railway track when the accident happened.

    1. a.
      a situation in which two groups or countries threaten each other until one gives the other what they want
      game of chicken:

      The affair degenerated into the longest game of chicken in diplomatic history.