the male of domestic fowl and certain game birds; cock.
a representation of this bird, used as an emblem of the Democratic Party from 1842 to 1874.
Informal. a cocky person.

Nearby words

  1. roosevelt, franklin d.,
  2. roosevelt, franklin delano,
  3. roosevelt, theodore,
  4. rooseveltian,
  5. roost,
  6. rooster tail,
  7. roosterfish,
  8. root,
  9. root amputation,
  10. root and branch

Origin of rooster

First recorded in 1765–75; roost + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rooster



mainly US and Canadian the male of the domestic fowl; a cock
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Word Origin and History for rooster



1772, agent noun from roost (v.); earlier roost cock, c.1600, in sense of "the roosting bird." Favored in the U.S. originally as a puritan alternative to cock (n.) after it had acquired the secondary sense "penis" (and compare roach).

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