AskDefine | Define hen

Dictionary Definition



1 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

User Contributed Dictionary



From henn.


  • /hɛn/
    Rhymes with: -ɛn


  1. A female bird.
  2. (specifically) A female chicken, especially one kept for its eggs.
  3. A woman.


female bird
  • Czech: slepice
  • Danish: høne
  • Dutch: wijfje, hen
  • German: Weibchen
  • Greek: πουλάδα
  • Spanish: ave hembra
female chicken
  • Arabic: دَجاجَه
  • Bosnian: kokoška, kokoš
  • Bulgarian: кокошка
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: 母鸡 (mǔ jī)
  • Croatian: kokoška, kokoš
  • Czech: slepice
  • Danish: høne
  • Dutch: hen, kip, leghen, legkip
  • Esperanto: kokino
  • Estonian: kana
  • Ewe: koklonɔ
  • Finnish: kana
  • French: poule
  • German: Henne , Legehenne
  • Greek: κότα (kóta) , όρνιθα (órnitha)
  • Hungarian: tyúk
  • Irish: cearc
  • Italian: gallina
  • Japanese: 雌鶏, めんどり
  • Korean: 암탉 (amtalg)
  • Latin: gallina
  • Latvian: vista
  • Low Saxon: Hohn
  • Norwegian: høne
  • Polish: kura
  • Portuguese: galinha
  • Russian: курица
  • Scottish Gaelic: cearc
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: кокошка, кокош
    Roman: kokoška, kokoš
  • Slovene: kokoš, kura, koklja (broody hen)
  • Spanish: gallina
  • Swedish: höna
  • Tamil: khozhi
  • Telugu: కోడిపెట్ట
  • Turkish: tavuk
slang: woman
  • Dutch: moederkloek
  • Greek: κότα (kóta)
  • Russian: пизда



  1. here



  1. them


  1. Hen, female chicken.
  2. A female of the species of birds brooding on the ground.




  1. : compilation, knit, plait, braid, twist, editing, completed poem, part of a book
  2. : side, edge
  3. : a type of Chinese radical, right half; antonym: (つくり)


  1. strange
  2. flat



  1. very; quite; awfully
    zhe fen baozhi you hen duo guanggao. "This newspaper has a lot of advertisement."
    zheli de kongqi hen hao. "The air is very good here."
    zhege guniang hen piaoliang. "This girl is very beautiful."
    zhe jian canting de shiwu haochi, danshi hen gui. — The food of this restaurant is delicious, but it is very expensive.
    (zhè jiān cāntīng de shíwù hǎochī, dànshì hěn guì. — 这间餐厅的食物好吃,但是很贵.)
    zhe jian yiyuan li you hen duo bingren. "There are many patients in this hospital."

Pinyin syllable

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, hēn, hén, hěn, or hèn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.



  1. Term of address for a woman.
    Alright Mary hen?



  1. old, ancient

Usage notes

Extensive Definition

Hen may refer to:

See also

Henn's live in Mission there are many henns there i like the Henns we are pretty amazingXD☼
hen in Breton: Yar
hen in French: Poule
hen in Italian: HEN
hen in Dutch: Hen
hen in Japanese: HEN
hen in Norwegian: Hen (andre betydninger)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Bantam, Jane, Partlet, banty, barn-door fowl, barnyard fowl, biddy, bird, bitch, bossy, broad, broiler, brood mare, brooder, broody hen, capon, chanticleer, chick, chickabiddy, chicken, chicky, cock, cockerel, cow, dame, doe, doll, domestic fowl, drake, duck, duckling, dunghill fowl, ewe, ewe lamb, filly, fowl, fryer, game fowl, gander, gobbler, goose, gosling, guinea cock, guinea fowl, guinea hen, gyp, heifer, hen turkey, hind, jenny, lioness, mare, minx, nanny, nanny goat, partlet, peahen, poulard, poult, poultry, pullet, roaster, roe, rooster, setting hen, she-bear, she-goat, she-lion, skirt, slut, sow, spring chicken, stewing chicken, tigress, tom, tom turkey, tomato, turkey, turkey gobbler, turkey-cock, vixen, wench
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