Meaning of chicken
Pronunciation: (chik'un), [key]
- a domestic fowl, Gallus domesticus, descended from various jungle fowl of southeastern Asia and developed in a number of breeds for its flesh, eggs, and feathers.
- the young of this bird, esp. when less than a year old.
- the flesh of the chicken, esp. of the young bird, used as food.
- a young or inexperienced person, esp. a young girl.
- a cowardly or fearful person.
- petty details or tasks.
- unnecessary discipline or regulations.
- a young male homosexual, esp. one sought as a sexual partner by older men.
- a contest in which two cars approach each other at high speed down the center of a road, the object being to force one's opponent to veer away first.
- a policy or strategy of challenging an opponent to risk a clash or yield: diplomats playing chicken at the conference table.
- to rely on a benefit that is still uncertain: They were already spending in anticipation of their inheritance, counting their chickens before they were hatched.
- (of food) containing, made from, or having the flavor of chicken: chicken salad; chicken soup.
- a chicken regulation.
- petty or trivial:a chicken regulation.
- obsessed with petty details, regulations, etc.:He's quitting this chicken outfit to become his own boss.
- I chickened out when I saw how deep the water was.
- to refrain from doing something because of fear or cowardice:I chickened out when I saw how deep the water was.
- to renege or withdraw:You can't chicken out of this business deal now.
- chicken (Thesaurus)