- 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
Related Words for chicken feedpittance
Examples from the Web for chicken feed
Historical Examples of 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
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]