chook


chook
A domestic fowl. Chook comes from British dialect chuck or chucky 'chicken', a word imitating a hen's cluck. Australians use 'chicken' to mean 'the meat of the bird' or 'a baby fowl'. Chook is the common term for the live bird, although chook raffles, held in Australian pubs, have ready-to-cook chooks as prizes. First recorded as chuckey 1855. : may your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny down A comic curse. This expression recalls an earlier time when many Australians kept chooks in the back yard and the dunny was a separate outhouse. A similar comic exaggeration is seen in the phrase 'he couldn't train a choko vine over a country dunny'- a comment on a person's incompetence.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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  • chook — /chook, choohk/, n. 1. Australian. a hen. 2. Slang. a woman. interj. 3. (used as a call for poultry or pigs.) Also, chookie /chook ee, chooh kee/. [1885 90; cf. Brit. dial. chuck, chook call to poultry, CHUCK3, CHICKEN] * * * …   Universalium

  • chook — chook; chook·ie; …   English syllables

  • chook — /tʃʊk / (say chook) Colloquial –noun 1. a domestic chicken. 2. a chicken slaughtered for eating: a frozen chook; a barbecued chook. 3. chicken meat. 4. Also, old chook. an older woman: silly old chook; a nice old chook. 5. (an affectionate name… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Chook — 1. domesticated chicken: The chooks got out last night and it took me half an hour to round them all up again ; 2. chicken slaughtered for eating: frozen chooks ; barbecued chook ; 3. chicken meat; 4. woman: a nice old chook ; 5. affectionate… …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • chook — I Australian Slang 1. domesticated chicken: The chooks got out last night and it took me half an hour to round them all up again ; 2. chicken slaughtered for eating: frozen chooks ; barbecued chook ; 3. chicken meat; 4. woman: a nice old chook ;… …   English dialects glossary

  • chook — UK [tʃʊk] / US noun [countable] Word forms chook : singular chook plural chooks Australian informal a chicken …   English dictionary

  • chook — noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1880 Australian & New Zealand chicken 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chook — noun /tʃʊk/ A hen, or a cooked chicken …   Wiktionary

  • chook — chicken …   Kiwi (New Zealand slang)

  • chook — n Australian a chicken. This is an alternative pronun ciation of an old dialect term, imitating the clucking of hens, which gives chuck in British English. ► I hope your chooks turn to emus and kick down your dunnee. (Rural Australian curse) …   Contemporary slang


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