chow

1
[ chou ]
/ tʃaʊ /
Informal.

noun

food, especially hearty dishes or a meal.

Verb Phrases

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.

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Origin of chow

1
1855–60, Americanism; short for chow-chow

Definition for chow (2 of 3)

chow2
[ chou ]
/ tʃaʊ /

noun (often initial capital letter)

Origin of chow

2
Short form

Definition for chow (3 of 3)

Chow
[ chou ]
/ tʃaʊ /

noun Australian Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a Chinese person.

Origin of Chow

First recorded in 1870–75; special use of spelling variant (Chow) of Chou
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Example sentences from the Web for chow

  • You might get lucky and tap out some pattern that spells 'Come to chow' in the Hlat's vocabulary.

    Lion Loose|James H. Schmitz

British Dictionary definitions for chow

chow
/ (tʃaʊ) /

noun

informal food
See also chow down
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