Definition of Chicken little

1. Noun. A fictional character who was hit on the head with an acorn and believed that the sky was falling.

Definition of Chicken little

1. Proper noun. A children’s fable about a hen who, in the classical version, believes the sky is falling after an acorn hits her head, journeys to inform the King, and is finally eaten by Foxy Loxy. Also known by other names including ''The Sky is Falling''. ¹

2. Proper noun. The main character in this story, a hysterical hen, alternatively named Chicken Licken under a different title. ¹

3. Proper noun. By extension, one who panics at the slightest provocation. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chicken Little

Chick-Martin test
Chick tracts
Chicken Licken
Chicken Little
Chief Constable
Chief Executive
Chief Joseph
Chief Justice
Chief Secretary
Chief of Party
Chievitz' layer
Chievitz' organ

Literary usage of Chicken little

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Index to Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends by Mary Huse Eastman (1915)
"See Chicken-Little. Little chicken Kluk and his companions. See Chicken-Little. Little child and the pumpkin tree. Dasent. Popular tales from the Norse. ..."

2. For the Children's Hour by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (1916)
"One day chicken little was scratching in the garden where she should not have ... cried chicken little, "the sky is falling. I must go and tell the king. ..."

3. The Up-to-date Waitress by Janet McKenzie Hill (1906)
"light and dark meat, with a little dressing, on each plate. GALANTINES OF TURKEY, CHICKEN, LITTLE PIG ..."

4. Graded Literature Readers by Harry Pratt Judson, Ida C. Bender (1899)
"One day Chicken-little went to the woods, where she had no right to be. As she was scratching about, an acorn fell upon her head. 2. " Oh, dear," she said, ..."

5. Finding List of Fairy Tales and Folk Stories in Books at the Branches of the Boston Public Library, Louise Prouty by Boston Public Library, Louise Prouty (1908)
"KLINGENSMITH. Household stories for little readers. chicken little. ... chicken little. See Chicken Licken. Child in the grave. Y 9760 — Stories and tales. ..."

6. Ohio Educational Monthly by Ohio Education Association (1906)
"And chicken little said, "I saw it with my eyes, I heard it with my ears, ... Hen- Pen clucked, chicken little told me and chicken little peeped, ..."

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