- food, especially hearty dishes or a meal.
- chow down, to eat; eat a meal, especially the main meal of the day: In the army we usually chow down at 6 p.m.
Origin of chow1
Origin of chow2
- a contemptuous term used to refer to a Chinese person.
Origin of Chow2
Examples from the Web for chow
I minimize time in crowds and chow halls and take meals to go more often than not.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins
May 14, 2014
They might, at least, let us chow down on a few Big Macs from time to time without putting on the pounds.These Diet Lessons From Olympians Will Help You Lose Weight and Look Awesome
Jenna A. Bell
February 15, 2014
I love fried rice (Yeah)/ I love noodles (Yeah)/ I love Chow Mein/ Chow Mo-Mo-Mo-Mo Mein.The Most Offensive Lyrics and WTF Moments From ‘Chinese Food’
October 15, 2013
The 44-year-old stars in Jason Wu's fall 2013 campaign, photographed at legendary New York restaurant Mr. Chow.Anna Wintour's First Tweet Is About DOMA; Wendy Davis's Red Filibuster Sneakers
The Fashion Beast Team
June 27, 2013
What better way to juice up than to chow down on some of that blood dripping off the just-dead animal hanging outside your hut?‘Dark Shadows’ Returns: A User’s Guide to Drinking Blood
May 11, 2012
He yelled from the bridge down at the deck, "Aren't we going to have any chow this evening at all?"End of the Tether
"Forget it for now, Wade, and get that chow on," suggested Fuller.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
"Any time and place you like, if you've got the chow with you," replied the trainman.Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks
H. Irving Hancock
"I'm going to watch my chow (food) after this," insisted Green.Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines
H. Irving Hancock
Soldiers would not be soldiers if they did not complain of their "chow."Woodrow Wilson and the World War
- informal food
- short for chow-chow (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for chow
"food," 1856, American English (originally in California), from Chinese pidgin English chow-chow (1795) "food," reduplication of Chinese cha or tsa "mixed." The dog breed of the same name is from 1886, of unknown origin, but some suggest a link to the Chinese tendency to see dogs as edible.