chow

1 [chou] Informal.
noun
1.
food, especially hearty dishes or a meal.
Verb phrases
2.
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:
1855–60, Americanism; short for chow-chow

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chow

2 [chou]
noun (often initial capital letter)

Origin:
short form

Chow

[chou; Chinese joh]
noun

Chow

[chou]
noun Australian Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Chinese person.

Origin:
1870–75; special use of chow1

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chow (tʃaʊ)
 
n
1.  informal food
2.  short for chow-chow

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Word Origin & History

chow
"food," 1856, Amer.Eng. (originally in California), from Chinese pidgin Eng. 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.
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Example sentences
And for us, that means using the slow traffic as an excuse to pull off the road and chow down on delicious food near the exit.
And be sure to know which type of persimmon you're buying before you chow down.
Several rice and noodle dishes range from shrimp fried rice to chow mien with vegetables.
Not necessarily so, though you can chow down if you wish.
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