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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?
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"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
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