chuck wagon

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  1. Western U.S. a wagon carrying cooking facilities and food for serving people working outdoors, as at a ranch or lumber camp.

Origin of chuck wagon

First recorded in 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for chuck wagon

cookhouse, cookshack

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Historical Examples of chuck wagon

  • On the way to the chuck-wagon she passed close to George Drazk.

    Dennison Grant

    Robert Stead

  • He had already run a little back-fire to protect the tents and the chuck-wagon.

    Dennison Grant

    Robert Stead

  • Buddy used to sit in the chuck-wagon, out of harm's way, and watch them eat.


    B. M. Bower

  • "Turn in, boys, and sleep till we get back with the chuck-wagon," said Wilson Moore.

  • "You ain't half-bad at the chuck-wagon, Miss Messiter," he told her.

British Dictionary definitions for chuck wagon

chuck wagon

  1. a wagon carrying provisions and cooking utensils for men, such as cowboys, who work in the open

Word Origin for chuck wagon

C19: perhaps from chuck ² (beef, food)
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