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gamecock

[geym-kok]
noun
  1. a rooster of a fighting breed, or one bred and trained for fighting.
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Origin of gamecock

First recorded in 1670–80; game1 + cock1
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Examples from the Web for game-cock

Historical Examples of game-cock

  • Markham affirms that the words mean "A chance, or lucky, game-cock!"

    South American Fights and Fighters

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • Not he, sir; there's too much of the game-cock about him for that.

    The Two Admirals

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • A tuft of hair stood up on his crown like the crest on a game-cock.

  • A friend described him as "a game-cock—with just a little strut."

    The Negro and the Nation

    George S. Merriam

  • Indeed, in the East, it is used for exactly the same purpose as the game-cock.

    Bible Animals;

    J. G. Wood


British Dictionary definitions for game-cock

gamecock

noun
  1. a cock bred and trained for fightingAlso called: fighting cock
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Word Origin and History for game-cock

1670s, from game (adj.) in the sporting sense + cock (n.1). Figurative use by 1727.

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