- a young chicken, especially a broiler or fryer.
- Slang. a young person: I don't know his age, but he's no spring chicken.
Origin of spring chicken
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Related Words for spring chickenundisciplined, unschooled, naive, inept, young, untried, unsophisticated, immature, tenderfoot, raw, green, innocent, rookie, amateur, kid, prentice, callow, fresh, ignorant, inexpert
Examples from the Web for spring chicken
Historical Examples of spring chicken
"You may get up to spring-chicken country soon, now," said Bader.Old Man Savarin and Other Stories
Edward William Thomson
- Also called: springer mainly US and Canadian a young chicken, tender for cooking, esp one from two to ten months old
- she is no spring chicken informal she is no longer young
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see no spring chicken.
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