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[chaw] /tʃɔ/
verb (used with or without object), noun, Dialect.
Related forms
chawer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chaw
Historical Examples
  • I tell ye what you do: Give him a bone or a chunk of tough meat to chaw on.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • “Might chaw on a biscuit before I take another nap,” yawned the prisoner.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • Ain't you afraid that you might take a chaw on it, by mistake for your tobacco?

    Frontier Boys in Frisco

    Wyn Roosevelt
  • Then he inquired as an afterthought: “Would he snap or chaw me up a-tall?”

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • Not so much as a chaw of bacon, or a blanket to lay over you nights.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • An' I'm hungry 'nough to chaw grass, were you to show me a tidy patch an' say go to it!

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • I'm that near gone I could chaw on a dog biscuit and like it!

    Afloat on the Flood

    Lawrence J. Leslie
  • Then Tom was fond of a chaw, and seldom had had a quid out of his cheeks.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • But if that is the case why did he interfere whin the grizzly was about to chaw me up?

    The Young Ranchers Edward S. Ellis
  • Maybe Bill he gives him a chaw; maybe he lies and says he ain't got none.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for chaw


to chew (tobacco), esp without swallowing it
something chewed, esp a plug of tobacco
Derived Forms
chawer, noun
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Word Origin and History for chaw

1520s, unexplained phonetic variant of chew (v.). OED points out the variant form chow was "very common in 16-17th c." Bartlett's "Dictionary of Americanisms" [1859] says chaw, "Although found in good authors, ... is retained, in this country as in England, only by the illiterate." Related: Chawed; chawing. The noun meaning "that which is chewed" (especially a quid of tobacco) first recorded 1709.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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