[ spach-kok ]
/ ˈspætʃˌkɒk /


a fowl that has been dressed and split open for grilling.

verb (used with object)

to prepare and roast (a fowl) in this manner.
to insert or interpolate, especially in a forced or incongruous manner: Additional information has been spatchcocked into the occasional random footnote.

Origin of spatchcock

1775–85; apparently alteration of spitchcock; popular interpretation as shortening of dispatch cock is probably specious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for spatchcock


/ (ˈspætʃˌkɒk) /


a chicken or game bird split down the back and grilledCompare spitchcock

verb (tr)

to interpolate (words, a story, etc) into a sentence, narrative, etc, esp inappropriately

Word Origin for spatchcock

C18: perhaps variant of spitchcock eel when prepared and cooked
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