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