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"chicken" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/
  • chicken noun (BIRD)

A2 [C or U] a ​type of ​birdkept on a ​farm for ​itseggs or ​itsmeat, 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.

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chickenadjective [after verb]

uk   us   /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/ child's word
(Definition of chicken from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chicken" in American English

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 us   /ˈtʃɪk·ən/
  • chicken noun (BIRD)

[C/U] a ​type of ​birdkept on a ​farm for ​itseggs or ​itsmeat, or the ​meat of this ​bird which is ​cooked and ​eaten Note: A male chicken is called a rooster or a cock, and a female chicken is called a hen.
  • chicken noun (COWARD)

[C] infml disapproving a ​person who is too ​frightened to do something ​involving a ​risk
adjective  us   /ˈtʃɪk·ən/
infml disapproving Why don’t you ​jump? Are you chicken?
(Definition of chicken from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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