- a young chicken, especially a broiler or fryer.
- Slang. a young person: I don't know his age, but he's no spring chicken.
Origin of spring chicken
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for spring chicken
"You may get up to spring-chicken country soon, now," said Bader.Old Man Savarin and Other Stories
Edward William Thomson
- Also called: springer mainly US and Canadian a young chicken, tender for cooking, esp one from two to ten months old
- she is no spring chicken informal she is no longer young
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Idioms and Phrases with spring chicken
see no spring chicken.
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