Definition of chicken verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

chicken

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪkɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪkɪn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chicken
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪkɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪkɪn//
 
he / she / it chickens
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪkɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪkɪnz//
 
past simple chickened
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪkɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪkɪnd//
 
past participle chickened
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪkɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪkɪnd//
 
-ing form chickening
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪkɪnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪkɪnɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin Old English cīcen, cȳcen, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kieken and German Küchlein, and probably also to cock. Phrasal Verbschicken out
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chicken