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English adjective: chicken

1. chicken easily frightened


Synonymschickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied


Similarcowardly, fearful


Domain usagecolloquialism


Antonymsbrave, courageous


English noun: chicken

1. chicken (food) the flesh of a chicken used for food


Synonymspoulet, volaille


Broader (hypernym)poultry


Narrower (hyponym)broiler, capon, frier, fryer, hen, pullet, roaster, spatchcock


Part holonymbreast, chicken wing, white meat


Part meronymchicken, Gallus gallus

2. chicken (animal) a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl


SynonymsGallus gallus


Broader (hypernym)domestic fowl, fowl, poultry


Narrower (hyponym)biddy, biddy, capon, chick, cock, Dominick, Dominique, hen, Orpington, Rhode Island red, rooster, spring chicken


Part holonymchicken, poulet, volaille

3. chicken (person) a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy


Synonymscrybaby, wimp


Broader (hypernym)doormat, weakling, wuss

4. chicken (event) a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops


Broader (hypernym)competition, contest









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