[chou-der] /ˈtʃaʊ dər/
a thick soup or stew made of clams, fish, or vegetables, with potatoes, onions, and other ingredients and seasonings.
a thick soup or stew containing clams or fish
1751, American English, apparently named for the pot it was cooked in: French chaudière “a pot” (12c.), from Late Latin caldaria (see caldron). The word and the practice introduced in Newfoundland by Breton fishermen, and spreading thence to New England.
CHOWDER. A favorite dish in New England, made of fish, pork, onions, and biscuit stewed together. Cider and champagne are sometimes added. Pic-nic parties to the sea-shore generally have a dish of chowder, prepared by themselves in some grove near the beach, from fish caught at the same time. [John Russell Bartlett, “Dictionary of Americanisms,” 1859]
The derogatory chowderhead (1819) is a corruption of cholter-head (16c.), from jolthead, of unknown origin.
[chou-der-hed] /ˈtʃaʊ dərˌhɛd/ noun 1. Slang. a stupid person; blockhead. noun A stupid person (1830s+)
- Chow hall
noun phrase A room where meals are served, esp a military mess hall (1940s+ Army)
[chou-hound] /ˈtʃaʊˌhaʊnd/ noun, Slang. 1. a person who eats food in large quantities or with great gusto; glutton.
/tʃaʊk/ noun (in the Indian subcontinent) 1. (often in place names) a marketplace or market area: Vijay Chowk 2. a courtyard 3. a road junction or roundabout