verb (used with or without object), noun Dialect.
Related formschaw·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for chawer
to chew (tobacco), esp without swallowing it
Derived Formschawer, noun
something chewed, esp a plug of tobacco
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Word Origin and History for chawer
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.
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