a Chinese mixed fruit preserve.
a relish of chopped mixed pickles in mustard sauce.

Nearby words

  1. choux pastry,
  2. chow,
  3. chow chow,
  4. chow down,
  5. chow mein,
  6. chowder,
  7. chowderhead,
  8. chowhound,
  9. chowk,
  10. chowtime

Origin of chow-chow

Borrowed into English from Chinese Pidgin English around 1785–95

chow chow

[chou chou]

noun (often initial capital letters)

one of a Chinese breed of medium-sized dogs having a thick black, blue, red, or cream coat and a blue-black tongue.
Also chow.

Origin of chow chow

1785–95; said to be < dialectal Chinese; compare Guangdong dial. gáu dog Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chow-chow

British Dictionary definitions for chow-chow



a thick-coated breed of the spitz type of dog with a curled tail and a characteristic blue-black tongue; it came originally from ChinaOften shortened to: chow
a Chinese preserve of ginger, orange peel, etc in syrup
a mixed vegetable pickle

Word Origin for chow-chow

C19: from pidgin English, probably based on Mandarin Chinese cha miscellaneous

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