verb (used with object), choused, chous·ing.
to swindle; cheat (often followed by of or out of).
Archaic. a swindler.
Archaic. a dupe.
- chou shu-jen,
- choux pastry,
- chow chow,
- chow down
Origin of chouse
First recorded in 1600–10; perhaps to be identified with chiaus
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"swindler, swindle," 1650s, said to be from Turkish chaush "sergeant, herald, messenger," but the sense connection is obscure.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper