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  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 gamecock

Historical Examples

  • In truth, Grim had rather fairly described him as a gamecock.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • He is a gamecock, and, in fighting trim, There are not many birds that equal him.

    A Phenomenal Fauna

    Carolyn Wells

  • Also for the Princess' brother, while he is still a gamecock, to do likewise.

  • But he was cheerful as could be, as proud as Punch, and as chirpy as a gamecock.

  • The gamecock himself, it will be noted, has an oddly Gladstonian glance.

British Dictionary definitions for gamecock


  1. a cock bred and trained for fightingAlso called: fighting cock
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