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chicken hawk

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
1820-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Word Origin and History for chickenhawk

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chickenhawk



  1. An adult homosexual who relishes young boys as sex partners: a ''chickenhawk,'' a man who likes sex with ''chickens,'' that is, boys in their middle teens (1960s+ Homosexuals)
  2. A child molester; short eyes (1980s+ Police)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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