Definition of chaw in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʃɔː/
informal, chiefly North American


1An act of chewing something, especially something not intended to be swallowed: enjoying a good chaw
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  • We could never resist the temptations of a good chaw without your help.
  • It's not a regular habit, but I like a good chaw when I'm hiking or sitting around a campfire in the woods.
1.1Something chewed, especially a quid of tobacco: a chaw of tobacco
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  • He had two great mounds of curls sticking out of his hat on either side of his head, and the biggest chaw of tobacco in his cheek that I've ever seen.
  • This topped sneaking a chaw of tobacco behind a school friend's garage, or hanging out with the glue-heads.
  • I worked to keep the wheel steady, watching as his lips contorted and then expelled a wet brown plug of used chaw.


[with object]
Chew (something, especially tobacco): now just about anyone can don stetsons and chaw tobacco [no object]: he passed the time chawing and spitting
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  • On an early visit, I paid $37.50 for the privilege of chawing my way through four reasonably tasty slices of porterhouse, which is several dollars more than you'll pay for a superior piece of beef down the street.
  • This means they shoot squirrels, chaw and spit, and say ‘dang’ a lot.
  • Some men drink to forget their anger and hurt, others smoke or chaw when their nervous but I guess, with the exception of last night, Selby sucks a lemon instead.


Late Middle English (as a verb): variant of chew.

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