Meaning of “chicken” in the English Dictionary

"chicken" in British English

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chickennoun

uk /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/ us /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/

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.

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chickenadjective [ after verb ]

uk /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/ 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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chickennoun

us /ˈtʃɪk·ən/

chicken noun (BIRD)

[ C/U ] a type of bird kept on a farm for its eggs or its meat, 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

chicken
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)