chicken feed

noun Slang.

  1. an insignificant sum of money: He’s so rich that $1000 is chicken feed to him.
  2. small change, as pennies and nickels.


  1. slang a trifling amount of money

Trifling amount of money, as in I’m not going to mow lawns for $5 an hour—that’s chicken feed. This expression alludes to the fact that chickens can be fed corn and wheat grains too small for other uses. [Slang; early 1800s]

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