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See also: Rooster
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹuːstə/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɹustəɹ/, enPR: roo͞'stər
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- Rhymes: -uːstə(ɹ)
rooster (plural roosters)
- (Canada, US, Kent, Australia, New Zealand) A male domestic chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) or other gallinaceous bird.
- 1772 March 14, A.G. Winslow, Diary:
- Their other dish […] contain'd a number of roast fowls—half a dozen, we suppose, & all roosters at this season no doubt.
- 1836, Catharine Parr Traill, The Backwoods of Canada, page 308:
- The produce of two hens and a cock, or rooster, as the Yankees term that bird.
- A bird or bat which roosts or is roosting.
- 1999, Milton W. Weller, Wetland Birds: Habitat Resources and Conservation Implications:
- Ground roosters like Northern Harriers may be subject to predation by Great-horned Owls […] but still larger perchers like herons and Ospreys use snags or posts in conspicuous places but are large enough to escape aerial predators.
- (figurative, obsolete slang) An informer.
- (figurative, obsolete slang) A violent or disorderly person.
- (figurative) A powerful, prideful, or pompous person.
- (figurative, originally US slang, now chiefly New Zealand) A man.
- (regional US, historical) A wild violet, when used in a children's game based on cockfighting.
- 1946, Conrad Richter, The Fields, page 231:
- In April they played Hens and Roosters, yoking their wild white and blue violets to see which would get its head pulled off.
- (obsolete US slang) Legislation solely devised to benefit the legislators proposing it.
- 1869 July, Southern Review, page 54:
- American demoralisation... has carried rooster into the halls of republican legislation, where it indicates a bill or proposed law which will remunerate the legislators.
- (male chicken): cock
- (informant): See Thesaurus:informant
- (violent person): brawler
- (powerful person): See Thesaurus:important person
- (pompous person): cock of the walk, cock of the roost
- (man): See Thesaurus:man
- (male chicken): cockerel (young rooster)
- (male chicken): hen
male chicken; male gallinaceous bird
informant — see informant
violent person — see brawler
powerful person — see big cheese
flower — see violet
- "rooster, n.", in the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- grill, grid a metallic maze-structure; some things containing one
- a device for roasting
- roster, timetable
- (crystallographic) lattice.
- → Papiamentu: roster