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[roo-ster] /ˈru stər/
the male of domestic fowl and certain game birds; cock.
a representation of this bird, used as an emblem of the Democratic Party from 1842 to 1874.
Informal. a cocky person.
Origin of rooster
First recorded in 1765-75; roost + -er1 Unabridged
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  • Now, as Captain Sears gazed, the rooster and his satellites flew to join them.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Babbitt, looking like a triumphantly vicious Bantam rooster, crowed on.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I'm sorry for the rooster, but I guess the fox had fixed him anyway.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Keep on the fence as if you were a rooster that had got frozen on the top rail.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • One time she went there an' she had a rooster who wus a game.

  • And if he'd asked how many feathers in a rooster's tail I'd been just as full of information.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • The dog and the rabbits and the rooster were all back in their places.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for rooster


(mainly US & Canadian) the male of the domestic fowl; a cock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rooster

1772, agent noun from roost (v.); earlier roost cock, c.1600, in sense of "the roosting bird." Favored in the U.S. originally as a puritan alternative to cock (n.) after it had acquired the secondary sense "penis" (and compare roach).

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