verb (used with or without object), noun Dialect.
- chavez, cesar estrada,
Examples from the Web for chaw
Some of them kinds of loafers never has a cent in the world, nor a chaw of tobacco of their own.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Not so much as a chaw of bacon, or a blanket to lay over you nights.The Huntress|Hulbert Footner
If a tiger was to lep in his backside and chaw him a nice piece, it wouldn't move him any.Boy Woodburn|Alfred Ollivant
They'd fout yo'uns for a chaw of terbacker, and then gin the chaw back.Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6)|John McElroy
"We will chaw them up in just an hour," said Jeff., as the battle began.Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field|Thomas W. Knox
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"  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.