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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
chicken (noun)
1.
a) the common domestic fowl () especially when young - Gallus gallus , also its flesh used as food - compare jungle fowl
b) any of various birds or their young
2.
a young woman
3.
a) - coward
b) any of various contests in which the participants risk personal safety in order to see which one will give up first
4.
short for slang petty details
5.
slang a young male homosexual
chicken (adjective)
1.
a) - scared
b) - timid cowardly
2.
slang
a) insistent on petty details of duty or discipline
b) - petty unimportant
chicken (verb)
intransitive verb
to lose one's nerve - usually used with out seemed to exhibit courage, manliness, and conviction when others chickened out J. R. Seeley
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
chicken (adjective)
1.
having or showing a shameful lack of courage
SYNONIMS:
chicken, chickenhearted, chicken-livered, craven, dastardly, gutless, lily-livered, milk-livered, poltroon, pusillanimous, recreant, spineless, unheroic, yellow
RELATED WORDS:
diffident, fainthearted, fearful, timid, timorous; afraid, frightened, scared; careful, cautious, wary; bashful, coy, shy; feeble, soft, unmanly, weak
NEAR ANTONYMS:
audacious, bold, brazen, cheeky, nervy; plucky, spirited, spunky; determined, resolute
brave, courageous, daring, dauntless, doughty, fearless, gallant, greathearted, gutsy, hardy, heroic ( heroical), intrepid, lionhearted, stalwart, stout, stouthearted, valiant, valorous
chicken (adjective)
2.
so small or unimportant as to warrant little or no attention
SYNONIMS:
chicken, de minimis, footling, inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, measly, Mickey Mouse, minute, niggling, no-account, nominal, paltry, peanut, petty, picayune, piddling, piddly, piffling, pimping, slight, trifling, trivial
RELATED WORDS:
inferior, mean; imperceptible, inappreciable; little, puny, tiny; hairsplitting, nitpicking, pettifogging, quibbling; one-horse, small-fry, two-bit
NEAR ANTONYMS:
serious, substantial, weighty; eventful, momentous, pivotal; conspicuous, noteworthy, outstanding, prominent, remarkable, striking; appreciable, discernible ( discernable), measurable
big, consequential, considerable, important, material, significant
chicken (noun)
a person who shows a shameful lack of courage in the face of danger
SYNONIMS:
chicken, craven, cur, dastard, funk, poltroon, recreant, sissy
RELATED WORDS:
defeatist, quitter; cream puff, milquetoast, pushover, pussy [], weakling, wimp; caitiff, snake, sneak; ostrich, scaramouch ( scaramouche)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
daredevil
hero, stalwart, valiant
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