hen
Pronunciation Noun

hen (plural hens)

  1. A female chicken (Gallus gallus), particularly a sexually mature one kept for its eggs.
  2. A female of other bird species, particularly a sexually mature female fowl.
  3. (uncommon) A female fish or crustacean.
  4. (figuratively, derogatory) A woman, particularly
    • 1785, Francis Grose, A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue:
      Hen, a woman. A cock and hen club; a club composed of men and women.
    1. (UK, informal) A bride-to-be, particularly in the context of her "hen night" festivities.
  5. (UK, informal) A hen night.
  6. (Scotland, informal) An affectionate term of address used to women or girls.
    Don't cry, hen. Everything will be all right.
  7. (figuratively, pejorative, uncommon) A henlike person of either sex.
  8. The hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria), a bivalve shellfish.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • German: Weibchen (generic term for the female of any animal)
  • Italian: gallina
  • Portuguese: ave-fêmea, pássara
  • Russian: ку́рочка
  • Spanish: ave hembra
Translations Verb

hen (hens, present participle henning; past and past participle henned)

  1. Alternative form of mother-hen
Adverb

hen (not comparable)

  1. (dialectal) Hence.
Verb

hen (hens, present participle henning; past and past participle henned)

  1. (dialectal) To throw.



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