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.

Origin of rooster

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

Examples from the Web for rooster

Contemporary Examples of rooster

Historical Examples of rooster

  • Now, as Captain Sears gazed, the rooster and his satellites flew to join them.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Babbitt, looking like a triumphantly vicious Bantam rooster, crowed on.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I'm sorry for the rooster, but I guess the fox had fixed him anyway.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Keep on the fence as if you were a rooster that had got frozen on the top rail.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • One time she went there an' she had a rooster who wus a game.

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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