- an insignificant sum of money: He's so rich that $1000 is chicken feed to him.
- small change, as pennies and nickels.
Origin of chicken feed
Examples from the Web for chicken feed
There was corn in the barn, and chicken-feed in the yard, and fruit in the garden.Bannertail
Ernest Thompson Seton
Hugh was obviously small money, and Allen had no time to waste on chicken-feed, but Winsor was a different matter.The Plastic Age
Well, Dr. Filhiol, there, fed his nag enough of our chicken-feed to last us a week.Cursed
George Allan England
I thought that, when compared with the clamorous west, we were raising only chicken-feed, and hardly enough of that.In Pastures Green
Rats and mice and such small deer, as Shakespeare has it, chicken-feed of the larder they might be called.Dracula
- slang a trifling amount of money
Idioms and Phrases with chicken feed
Trifling amount of money, as in I'm not going to mow lawns for $5 an hour—that's chicken feed. This expression alludes to the fact that chickens can be fed corn and wheat grains too small for other uses. [Slang; early 1800s]