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chow1

[chou] /tʃaʊ/
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
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; short for chow-chow

chow2

[chou] /tʃaʊ/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
1.
Origin
short form

Chow

[chou; Chinese joh] /tʃaʊ; Chinese dʒoʊ/
noun
1.
Chou.

Chow

[chou] /tʃaʊ/
noun, Australian Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Chinese person.
Origin
1870-75; special use of chow1
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Examples from the web for chow
  • 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.
  • Not necessarily, says a new study, which warns that standing still may up one's risk of becoming mountain lion chow.
  • Think of the forlorn looks at the chow hall at what the next guy gets to eat for lunch.
  • Several rice and noodle dishes range from shrimp fried rice to chow mien with vegetables.
  • The animals have been switched from monkey chow to fruits and vegetables, a diet now common in zoos.
  • Not necessarily so, though you can chow down if you wish.
  • In mice given a low-fat plant-based chow, the distribution of the two groups of bugs flipped and the animals remained lean.
  • chow suggests that they go for dinner, to which she grudgingly accepts.
  • chow remarks that lulu, is likely to forever remain living in the past.
British Dictionary definitions for chow

chow

/tʃaʊ/
noun
1.
(informal) food
2.
short for chow-chow (sense 1)
See also chow down
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Word Origin and History for chow
n.

"food," 1856, American English (originally in California), from Chinese pidgin English 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chow

chow

noun

Food; meals; fare: How's the chow at Maxim's these days? (1856+)

verb

: OK gang, let's chow (1900+)

[perhaps fr Pidgin English chow-chow, ''a mixture (of foods),'' but also a dog of China that is eaten by the poor]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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