Chow



[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.
[chou] /tʃaʊ/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
1.
.
[chou; Chinese joh] /tʃaʊ; Chinese dʒoʊ/
noun
1.
.
[chou] /tʃaʊ/
noun, Australian Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Chinese person.
/tʃaʊ/
noun
1.
(informal) food
2.
short for chow-chow (sense 1)
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.

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]

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