Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Topic: OTHER GAMES

Language: Old English
Origin: cicen 'young chicken'

chicken

1 noun
     
chicken
chick‧en1 S2
1 [countable]HBATA a common farm bird that is kept for its meat and eggs [↪ hen, cock, rooster, chick]
2 [uncountable]DFF the meat from this bird eaten as food:
roast chicken
fried chicken
chicken soup
3 [countable] informal someone who is not at all brave [= coward]:
Don't be such a chicken!
4 [uncountable]DGO a game in which children do something dangerous, for example stand on a railway line when a train is coming, and try to be the one who continues doing it for the longest time
5

which came first, the chicken or the egg?

used to say that it is difficult or impossible to decide which of two things happened first, or which action is the cause and which is the effect
6

a chicken and egg situation/problem etc

a situation in which it is impossible to decide which of two things happened first, or which action is the cause and which is the effect
7

somebody's chickens have come home to roost

used to say that someone's bad or dishonest actions in the past have caused the problems that they have now

➔ don't count your chickens before they've hatched

at count1 (8), spring chicken
Word of the Day
The OTHER GAMES
Word of the Day is:

Other related topics