Chow definition

chou
Food; victuals.
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To eat.

Chowed down on the meat and potatoes.

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Chow is slang for food.

An example of chow is the food served at a school cafeteria.

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The definition of a chow is a breed of Chinese dog, a chow chow, with a thick coat and a black tongue.

An example of a chow is a fluffy reddish-brown dog being shown at a dog show.

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(chiefly Australia, slang, now rare) A Chinese person.
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Any of a breed of medium-sized dog, originally from China, with a thick, dark coat and a blue-black tongue.
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(slang) Food or mealtime.
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(slang, uncountable) Food, especially snacks.

I'm going to pick up some chow for dinner.

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(slang, South Africa) To eat.
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(Mahjong) To (use a tile or tiles to) piece together a winning combination of tiles.
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(improper) An alternative form of Zhou (dynasty, realm, & era)
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To chow means to eat.

An example of chow down is to eat three plates of food at a meal.

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A Chinese breed of dog; the Chow Chow.
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chow down
  • to eat a meal
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
chow
Plural:
chows

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of chow

  • Possibly from Cantonese zaap6 food, miscellany chop suey

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • An irregular romanization of Mandarin Chinese (Zhōu)

    From Wiktionary

  • Shortened from chow-chow.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Chinese.

    From Wiktionary