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chow1

[chou] /tʃaʊ/ 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 of chow1
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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  • It is not necessary for it to be the player's turn to draw in order to "Pung" as it is in the case of a "chow."

    Pung Chow Lew Lysle Harr
  • "I'm going to watch my chow (food) after this," insisted Green.

  • On seeing the chow, however, they all fled, but the most beautiful one permitted herself to be overtaken.

    Laos Folk-Lore of Farther India Katherine Neville Fleeson
  • Soldiers would not be soldiers if they did not complain of their "chow."

  • "The tombs of thy servant's ancestors are near its walls," said chow, gloomily.

    The War Tiger Wiliam Dalton
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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