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[chaw] /tʃɔ/
verb (used with or without object), noun, Dialect.
Related forms
chawer, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • A chaw'll do when you're in the trenches an' afraid to show the other fellers where to shoot, so that ye dare not smoke.

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

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • I'll ring up the handsum chamber-maid, and just fall to, and chaw her right up—I'm savagerous.'

    The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  • 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
  • “I guess those ken laugh who win;” and he handed Snowball a chaw of tobacco to show that he did not harbour any ill-will.

    The Wreck of the Nancy Bell J. C. Hutcheson
  • 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
  • "Well, he won't hev to give him more'n a chaw o' tobaccer now," said Gabe.

    The Last Stetson John Fox Jr.
  • Ain't you afraid that you might take a chaw on it, by mistake for your tobacco?

    Frontier Boys in Frisco Wyn Roosevelt
British Dictionary definitions for chaw


to chew (tobacco), esp without swallowing it
something chewed, esp a plug of tobacco
Derived Forms
chawer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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