[ roo-ster ]
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  1. the male of domestic fowl and certain game birds; cock.

  2. a representation of this bird, used as an emblem of the Democratic Party from 1842 to 1874.

  1. 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. 2023

How to use rooster in a sentence

  • One alleged smuggler stands in the courtyard of a slum dwelling surrounded with drying laundry and roosters.

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  • Waking up with the roosters in the morning does have its benefits, from a productivity standpoint.

    Redesigning Their Lives | Renata Espinosa | June 4, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • He dropped asleep just as the roosters all over the valley began to answer each other.

    The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • The roosters crowed and the hens clucked; the farmer's wife began to get breakfast, and the four children slept on.

    The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Since dat time, dey aint none er de Mr. Roosters bin fool' by dat w'at dey see on top.

    Nights With Uncle Remus | Joel Chandler Harris
  • One morning recently I was awakened by the crowing of the young roosters about an hour before dawn.

  • But there were many different kinds—not alone of hens and roosters; for there were peafowl, and guineas, and ducks, and turkeys.

British Dictionary definitions for rooster


/ (ˈruːstə) /

  1. mainly US and Canadian the male of the domestic fowl; a cock

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