spring chicken


noun

a young chicken, especially a broiler or fryer.
Slang. a young person: I don't know his age, but he's no spring chicken.

Nearby words

  1. spring beauty,
  2. spring binder,
  3. spring break,
  4. spring cankerworm,
  5. spring catch,
  6. spring conjunctivitis,
  7. spring ephemeral,
  8. spring equinox,
  9. spring fever,
  10. spring for

Origin of spring chicken

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

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British Dictionary definitions for spring chicken

spring chicken

noun

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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Idioms and Phrases with spring chicken

spring chicken

see no spring chicken.

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