Definition of chow in English:


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Pronunciation: /tʃaʊ


  • 1 [mass noun] informal Food: Tex-Mex chow is more than melted cheese and beans
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    • Here was the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, in a combat zone on Thanksgiving day, serving chow to his soldiers.
    • It was midday local time, hundreds of troops were tucking into well-earned chow.
    • The Triple Rock Social Club has been serving up booze and chow on the West Bank since 1998.
  • 2 (also chow chow) A dog of a sturdy Chinese breed with a broad muzzle, a tail curled over the back, a bluish-black tongue, and typically a dense thick coat.
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    • A study of 178 dog-bite cases reported to Denver animal control officials in 1991 revealed that German shepherds and chow chows were the dogs most likely to bite.
    • The real dog is worth £750 apparently, a lot for a chow.
    • That dog was the chow, and ever since chows have had blue tongues.


North American informal Back to top  
  • Eat: [no object]: he chowed down on lobster
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    • She should know - as an exchange student from France to the U.S. during high school, Guiliano gained 20 pounds chowing down on McDonalds and other lynchpins of the American diet.
    • I often went dancing with my parents and their friends on Saturday nights and we'd wind up at the local truck stop or in someone's kitchen at 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning chowing down.
    • My second day at my current place of employment, I was happily chowing down on some fried chicken in the shared kitchen when the co-founder came up behind me and stared at my plate.


late 19th century: shortened from chow chow.

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