- Also called hen hawk. (not used scientifically) any of various hawks said to prey on poultry.
- Slang. an older man who seeks out young boys as sexual partners.
Origin of chicken hawk
Examples from the Web for chicken hawk
She actilly did seem as if she was made out of steel springs and chicken-hawk.The Attache
Thomas Chandler Haliburton
That man's afraid o' me—jess as 'fraid as a chicken-hawk is of a gun, seh!John March, Southerner
George W. Cable
So they did go an' see Chicken-hawk about it an' pay Chicken-hawk so much.Jamaican Song and Story
Thenceforth the Chicken-hawk and its every marking were familiar to him.
Oh, yes; about the same way an old hen loves a Chicken-hawk.
Word Origin and History for chicken hawk
type of hawk that is believed to prey on domestic fowl, 1802, American English. Figuratively, from the secondary senses of both words, "public person who advocates war but who declined significant opportunity to serve in uniform during wartime," at least 1988, American English. From chicken (n.) + hawk (n.).