Meaning of HEN in English


ˈhen noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English henn; akin to Old High German henna hen, Old English hana rooster — more at chant


a. : the female of the domestic fowl ; especially : one that is more than a year old

b. : the female of any of various other birds (as most gallinaceous or domesticated birds)

c. : one who behaves like a hen

there were younger children at home and Minnie was their devoted mother hen — R.T.Moriarty


a. : the female of various marine animals (as the lobster) and some fishes

b. : hen fish

3. : an especially older woman who is fussy or officious

grown into a cantankerous old hen

- a hen on

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