Definition of untruss in US English:



[with object]
  • Untie (a chicken or other bird that has been trussed before cooking)

    ‘untruss the guinea fowl and carve into portions’
    • ‘Before untrussing and carving this beauty, use two carving forks to hold it upright over the gravy pan to allow the juice to drip out of its bottom.’
    • ‘Untruss the chicken and let it cool to room temperature before cooking.’
    • ‘I always untruss it as I find that it cooks more evenly.’
    • ‘Even as we untruss our pallid, supermarket birds and unthinkingly violate their parson's noses, we buy our children the Chicken Run video and celebrate the birds' mass exodus from a factory farm.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘free from a pack or burden)’: from un- + truss.