- a thick soup or stew made of clams, fish, or vegetables, with potatoes, onions, and other ingredients and seasonings.
Origin of chowder
Examples from the Web for chowder
I was about to play touch football with John-John and I could almost smell the chowder.My Man Crush on JFK, Jr.
July 16, 2009
Chowder may be made of clams, first cutting off the hard part.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Shall we go to see the camp or shall we have our chowder and luncheon first and then go?
Now we'll call that chowder done for the second time, I guess.
She gave her note to the little captain when he came with the chowder.Glory of Youth
The oysters in the chowder were small, but had been taken from the water that morning.Down South
- a thick soup or stew containing clams or fish
Word Origin and History for chowder
1751, American English, apparently named for the pot it was cooked in: French chaudière "a pot" (12c.), from Late Latin caldaria (see caldron). The word and the practice introduced in Newfoundland by Breton fishermen, and spreading thence to New England.
CHOWDER. A favorite dish in New England, made of fish, pork, onions, and biscuit stewed together. Cider and champagne are sometimes added. Pic-nic parties to the sea-shore generally have a dish of chowder, prepared by themselves in some grove near the beach, from fish caught at the same time. [John Russell Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1859]
The derogatory chowderhead (1819) is a corruption of cholter-head (16c.), from jolthead, of unknown origin.