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English definition of “chicken”

chicken

noun uk   /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/ us  

chicken noun (BIRD)

A2 [C or U] a type of bird kept on a farm for its eggs or its meat, or the meat of this bird that is cooked and eaten: A male chicken is called a cock and a female chicken is called a hen. We're having roast/fried chicken for dinner.

chicken noun (PERSON)

[C] informal a person who is not brave: Jump, you chicken!
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chicken

adjective [after verb] uk   /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/ child's word us  
not brave: Why won't you jump? Are you chicken?
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