chicken


chicken
   1. a youth attractive to homosexuals
   A variant of chick. A chickenhawk is a homosexual adult who seeks out boys for sexual purposes, punning on sparrowhawk:
    Chicken worried him, though. There were these children of eleven, twelve and thirteen. (Fry, 1991)
    I just happen to like boys... but I don't do chickenhawks. (M. Thomas, 1980)
   If however someone describes you as NO (SPRING) CHICKEN, it means you are showing your age.
   2. cowardly
   From the supposed nature of the domestic fowl. To chicken out is to behave in a craven way:
    I'm not chicken. I'm just being realistic. (Ryan, 1999)
    Panditji, Congress-tho, is always chickening out in the face of radical acts. (Rushdie, 1995)
   An American chicken colonel is not being accused of cowardice but is wearing the ordained badge of rank on his shoulders.

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