follow Dictionary.com

Your favorite word could be our Word of the Day!

chaw

[chaw] /tʃɔ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), noun, Dialect
1.
chew.
Related forms
chawer, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for chaw

chaw

/tʃɔː/
verb
1.
to chew (tobacco), esp without swallowing it
noun
2.
something chewed, esp a plug of tobacco
Derived Forms
chawer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for chaw
v.

1520s, unexplained phonetic variant of chew (v.). OED points out the variant form chow was "very common in 16-17th c." Bartlett's "Dictionary of Americanisms" [1859] says chaw, "Although found in good authors, ... is retained, in this country as in England, only by the illiterate." Related: Chawed; chawing. The noun meaning "that which is chewed" (especially a quid of tobacco) first recorded 1709.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for chaw

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for chaw

12
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with chaw

Nearby words for chaw