[chou] /tʃaʊ/ Informal.
food, especially hearty dishes or a meal.
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.
noun, (often initial capital letter)
[chou; Chinese joh] /tʃaʊ; Chinese dʒoʊ/
noun, Australian Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Chinese person.
short for chow-chow (sense 1)
“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.
Food; meals; fare: How’s the chow at Maxim’s these days? (1856+)
: 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]
[chou-chou] /ˈtʃaʊˌtʃaʊ/ noun 1. a Chinese mixed fruit preserve. 2. a relish of chopped mixed pickles in mustard sauce. [chou chou] /ˈtʃaʊ ˌtʃaʊ/ noun, (often initial capital letters) 1. one of a Chinese breed of medium-sized dogs having a thick black, blue, red, or cream coat and a blue-black tongue. noun 1. a thick-coated breed […]
[chou-der] /ˈtʃaʊ dər/ noun 1. a thick soup or stew made of clams, fish, or vegetables, with potatoes, onions, and other ingredients and seasonings. /ˈtʃaʊdə/ noun 1. a thick soup or stew containing clams or fish n. 1751, American English, apparently named for the pot it was cooked in: French chaudière “a pot” (12c.), from […]
[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)