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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
hen house
hen party
mother cat/bird/hen etc (=an animal that is a mother)
▪ It also translates nicely to poussin and Cornish hens.
▪ You're like an old hen, Madge!
▪ I shuddered when I heard the names: old hen, biddy, little old lady in tennis shoes.
▪ But it all ended amicably and by the afternoon they were gossiping together like old hens.
▪ His hens, although merrily producing eggs now, do not lay to order as battery hens can.
▪ Ninety percent of our eggs come from battery hens.
▪ These are the arctic fox and hen harrier assemblages, and there are three factors that suggest this deficit may be significant.
▪ Other birds particularly under threat include the red kite, white-tailed eagle, golden eagle and hen harrier.
▪ Category 4 includes the kestrel and peregrine, while category 5 has the buzzard and hen harrier.
▪ The hen harrier is the commonest of our three harriers.
▪ The hen harrier is also the least migratory of the three species, more able to tolerate the cold.
▪ The plan will be implemented next year and may be extended to other species such as hen harriers, buzzards and merlins.
▪ Birds of prey are frequent in winter, with sparrowhawk and hen harrier likely.
▪ The final category, category 5, includes the diurnal raptors, the hen harrier, buzzard and red kite.
▪ The case was adjourned for reports Hens raid: Thieves raided a hen house in Ripon.
▪ Earlier this month traces of Salmonella typhimurium were found in swabs taken from the hen house.
▪ A year ago a male fox got into my hen house and killed the lot.
▪ She skirted a hen house, not in its first youth but stalwart enough to keep out foxes.
▪ They'd had a hen party on the strength of Muriel's coming wedding.
▪ No point in inviting a rooster to a hen party, especially if he has a valid point to make.
▪ She keeps hens, isn't that clever?
hen house/coach house/storehouse etc
like a mother hen
▪ A young tom turkey is a young male turkey with the same characteristics as a young hen turkey. 4.
▪ Inside the chicken run - mesh bed bases tied with baling twine - the hens nested in a fridge.
▪ One different factor from hens is age.
▪ Outside, single shouts sounded - a threatening growl from several voices together - hens squawking.
▪ Short and barrel-cheated, Rowley is feisty as a game hen, with a studied Oklahoma twang.
▪ The hen harrier is also the least migratory of the three species, more able to tolerate the cold.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hen \Hen\, n. [AS. henn, hen, h[ae]n; akin to D. hen, OHG. henna, G. henne, Icel. h?na, Dan. h["o]na; the fem. corresponding to AS. hana cock, D. haan, OHG. hano, G. hahn, Icel. hani, Dan. & Sw. hane. Prob. akin to L. canere to sing, and orig. meaning, a singer. Cf. Chanticleer.] (Zo["o]l.) The female of the domestic fowl; also, the female of grouse, pheasants, or any kind of birds; as, the heath hen; the gray hen. Note: Used adjectively or in combination to indicate the female; as, hen canary, hen eagle, hen turkey, peahen. Hen clam. (Zo["o]l.)

  1. A clam of the Mactra, and allied genera; the sea clam or surf clam. See Surf clam.

  2. A California clam of the genus Pachydesma.

    Hen driver. See Hen harrier (below).

    Hen harrier (Zo["o]l.), a hawk ( Circus cyaneus), found in Europe and America; -- called also dove hawk, henharm, henharrow, hen driver, and usually, in America, marsh hawk. See Marsh hawk.

    Hen hawk (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of large hawks which capture hens; esp., the American red-tailed hawk ( Buteo borealis), the red-shouldered hawk ( Buteo lineatus), and the goshawk.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English henn, from West Germanic *hannjo (cognates: Old Frisian henn, Middle Dutch henne, Old High German henna), fem. of *han(e)ni "male fowl, cock" (source of Old English hana "cock"), literally "bird who sings (for sunrise)," from PIE root *kan- "to sing" (see chant).\n

\nThe original masculine word survives in German (Hahn "cock"), Swedish, Danish, etc. German also has a generic form, Huhn, for either gender of the bird. Extension to "female of any bird species" is early 14c. in English. Hen as slang for "woman" dates from 1620s; hence hen party "gathering of women," first recorded 1887. To be mad as a wet hen is from 1823, but the figure was used to indicate other states:\n\nSome, on the contrary, are viciously opposite to these, who act so tamely and so coldly, that when they ought to be angry, to thunder and lighten, as one may say, they are no fuller of Heat, than a wet Hen, as the Saying is; .... ["Life of Mr. Thomas Betterton," London, 1710]\n

\nOrth. Out upon you for a dastardly Fellow; you han't the Courage of a wet Hen.

["A Sermon Preached at St. Mary-le-Bow, March 27, 1704"]

\nAs wanton as a wet hen is in "Scots Proverbs" (1813). Among Middle English proverbial expressions was nice as a nonne hen "over-refined, fastidiously wanton" (c.1500); to singen so hen in snowe "sing miserably," literally "sing like a hen in snow" (c.1200). Hen's teeth as a figure of scarceness is attested by 1838.

Etymology 1 adv. (context dialectal English) hence. Etymology 2

vb. (context dialectal English) To throw. Etymology 3

alt. A female chicken (''Gallus gallus''), ''particularly'' a sexually mature one kept for its eggs. n. A female chicken (''Gallus gallus''), ''particularly'' a sexually mature one kept for its eggs.

  1. n. adult female chicken [syn: biddy]

  2. adult female bird

  3. flesh of an older chicken suitable for stewing

  4. female of certain aquatic animals e.g. octopus or lobster


Hen commonly refers to a female animal: a chicken, other poultry, game bird, or lobster. It is also a slang term for a woman.

Hen or Hens may also refer to:

Hen (manga)

is a seinen manga which was the first work created by manga artist Hiroya Oku, who is best known for Gantz. There are two separate series of Hen, but they share the same setting, and characters from the first series appear in the second.

Hen (pronoun)

Hen is a gender-neutral personal pronoun in Swedish intended as an alternative to the gender-specific hon ("she") and han ("he"). It can be used when the gender of a person is not known or when it is not desirable to specify them as either a "she" or "he". The word was first proposed in 1966, and again in 1994, with reference to the Finnishhän, a personal pronoun that is gender-neutral, since Finnish does not have grammatical genders. However, it did not receive widespread recognition until around 2010, when it began to be used in some books, magazines and newspapers, and provoked media debates and controversy over feminism, gender neutrality, and parenting. In July 2014 it was announced that hen would be included in Svenska Akademiens ordlista, the official glossary of the Swedish Academy.

It is currently treated as neologism by Swedish manuals of style. Major newspapers like Dagens Nyheter have recommended against its usage, though some journalists still use it. The Swedish Language Council has not issued any specific proscriptions against the use of hen, but recommends the inflected forms hens ("her(s)/his") as the possessive form and the object form hen ("her/him") over henom, which also occurs. Hen has two basic usages: as a way to avoid a stated preference to either gender; or as a way of referring to individuals who are transgender, agender, genderqueer, or those who reject the notion of binary gender on ideological grounds.

Hen (name)

Hen is both a surname and a masculine given name. Notable people with the name Hen or Hens include:


  • Gwilym ab Ieuan Hen (fl. c. 1440-1480), Welsh poet
  • Jorge Peña Hen (1928-1973), Chilean composer and academic
  • Józef Hen (born 1923), Polish novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and reporter
  • Llywarch Hen, sixth century prince of the kingdom of Rheged
  • Tal Hen (born 1979), Israeli footballer
  • Tudur Hen (died 1311), Welsh aristocrat
  • Yehezkel Hen (1882-1952), Israeli politician
  • Zerahiah ben Shealtiel Ḥen (fl. late 13th century), Spanish Jewish physician, philosopher, translator and Hebraist
  • Pascal Hens (born 1980), German team handball player
  • Thorsten Hens (born 1961), German economist

Given name:

  • Hen Azriel (born 1988), Israeli footballer
  • Hen Ezra (born 1989), Israeli footballer
  • Hen Pearce (1777-1809), English bare knuckle prizefighter
  • Hen Reuven (born 1992), Israeli footballer
  • Hen Sophal (born 1958), Cambodian artist

Usage examples of "hen".

Cuthan, Earl of Bryn, for Taras and Bru Mardan, and all their thanes, swear to defend the rights of him holding Hen Amas, to march to war under his command, to gather levies and revenues, to acknowledge him lord and sovereign over its claims and courts and to abide by his judgments in all disputes.

It is very amorous, and if it were loose it would go after the hens, and kill all the cocks on the country-side.

Om de kransdieren moesten ze nu lachen en ze wisten inmiddels dat de beten van de slangenhalzen alleen pijnlijk en voor hen niet giftig waren, hoewel het diertje wel degelijk een gif had dat zijn prooi doodde.

Hij keurde hen geen blik waardig en vertraagde zijn pas niet, maar in het voorbijgaan had hij wel iets te zeggen.

Ali skittered about like an excited hen, pointing at the colonel and boasting to other servants that he was her master.

Any moment now, a hen might roar, and that would wake any sleeping bonder within hearing.

But owing to the ill-regulated conduct of the Killyboffin hens nothing except boxty was likely to meet them below.

Moreover, he had three cows in the byre, a pony in the stable, a pig lying with litter, a dozen hens, and four ducks.

Chinese ideographic code list, and codes bearing kata kana names, such as ta, ji, or hen, it relied in the main on four systems.

The horrible Jamiesons had left, but poor Coode still starved among his hens.

Every new-laid egg I could discover in the poultry-yard, quite warm and scarcely dropped by the hen, was a most delicious treat.

Betsy driest aanzien, haar uittartende, hen allen uittartende, die daar verrast waren, omdat zij hunne conventioneele wetten van fatsoen dorst te trotseeren.

De drie meiden en Willem, de knecht, volgden hen als een achterhoede en bleven vroolijk toekijken in den kleinen salon.

At the beginning of their acquaintance her interest in Markham had not been unlike that of the motherly hen in the doings of the newly hatched duckling with which she differed as to the practical utility of duckponds.

Nor can we tell here at any length how these mournful spinsters, the two surviving hens, made a wonder of and a show, spent their remaining years in eggless celebrity.