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chaw

[chaw]
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verb (used with or without object), noun Dialect.
  1. chew.
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Related formschaw·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for chawer

chaw

verb
  1. to chew (tobacco), esp without swallowing it
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noun
  1. something chewed, esp a plug of tobacco
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Derived Formschawer, noun
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Word Origin and History for chawer

chaw

v.

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.

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