chow down

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

chow down
 
vb (foll by on)
informal to eat heartily

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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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Slang Dictionary

chow definition


  1. n.
    food. : What time is chow served around here?
  2. tv. & in.
    to eat (something). (See also chow down.) : I've been chowing canned tuna and stale bagels to save money.

  3. Go to ciao. :
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chow down definition


  1. in.
    to eat; to take a meal. : Over there is where we chow down.
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chow (sth) down definition


  1. tv.
    to eat something, probably quickly or without good manners. : I found a box of cookies and chowed it down before anybody knew what I was doing.
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Idioms & Phrases

chow down

Eat, as in He's always ready to chow down at dinner time. Originally military slang, this term is now more widely used. The noun chow in the sense of food, originating from either Chinese or pidgin English in the 18th century, also appears in such terms as chow line, a line of people waiting for food, and chow time, mealtime. [Slang; mid-1900s]

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