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Noun: chicken  chi-kin
  1. A domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
    - Gallus gallus, chook [Austral, NZ, informal]
  2. The flesh of a chicken used for food
    - poulet, volaille [archaic]
  3. [informal] A person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy
    - wimp, crybaby [informal], yellow-belly, candy-ass [N. Amer, informal]
  4. [informal] A foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops
  5. [informal] A person who shows fear or timidity
    - coward
Adjective: chicken  chi-kin
Usage: informal
  1. Easily frightened
    "Come back here, you couple of chicken-livered cowards";
    - chickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied [informal], chicken-livered
Verb: chicken  chi-kin
  1. Be too scared to do something
    - chicken out

Derived forms: chickens, chickened, chickening

See also: cowardly, fearful

Type of: competition, contest, domestic fowl, doormat, fowl, individual, mortal, person, poultry, somebody, someone, soul, weakling, weed [UK, informal], wet [UK, informal], wuss, wussy [informal]

Encyclopedia: Chicken, Alaska