- 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
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Examples from the Web for chuck wagon
On the way to the chuck-wagon she passed close to George Drazk.
He had already run a little back-fire to protect the tents and the chuck-wagon.
Buddy used to sit in the chuck-wagon, out of harm's way, and watch them eat.Cow-Country
B. M. Bower
"Turn in, boys, and sleep till we get back with the chuck-wagon," said Wilson Moore.The Mysterious Rider
"You ain't half-bad at the chuck-wagon, Miss Messiter," he told her.Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West
William MacLeod Raine
- a wagon carrying provisions and cooking utensils for men, such as cowboys, who work in the open
C19: perhaps from chuck ² (beef, food)