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[roo-ster] /ˈru stər/
the male of domestic fowl and certain game birds; cock.
a representation of this bird, used as an emblem of the Democratic Party from 1842 to 1874.
Informal. a cocky person.
Origin of rooster
1765-75; roost + -er1 Unabridged
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  • When someone set the alarm in the internal clock, they would click on a picture of a rooster.
  • If a rooster crows every minute of every hour of every day, eventually it will crow when the sun rises.
  • Undercover officers pose as construction workers to gather evidence of rooster fighting.
  • Undercover agents arrest a suspected rooster fighter while in possession of contraband birds.
  • Someone had bought the rooster and hens as a way of combating the recession.
  • We have this three-penny dictator, this bantam rooster of no consequence.
  • Theoretically, a weak rooster could fool hens by growing a deceptively large comb.
  • According to an alternate translation, the name meant: the rooster that watches over all the hens.
  • rooster was worried about the foolish thing that had happened, too.
British Dictionary definitions for rooster


(mainly US & Canadian) the male of the domestic fowl; a cock
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Word Origin and History for rooster

1772, agent noun from roost (v.); earlier roost cock, c.1600, in sense of "the roosting bird." Favored in the U.S. originally as a puritan alternative to cock (n.) after it had acquired the secondary sense "penis" (and compare roach).

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