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chicken

chick·en

chicken

 
 
pronunciation:
chI kn
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the common farm fowl, kept for its meat and eggs.
 
definition 2: the meat of this bird.
definition 3: (informal) a coward.
similar words:
coward
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part of speech: adjective
definition: (informal) cowardly.
similar words:
cowardly, yellow
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: chickened, chickening, chickens
definition: (informal) to lose one's nerve; back out (usu. fol. by out).
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