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Probably from Turkish çavuş.[1]


chouse (third-person singular simple present chouses, present participle chousing, simple past and past participle choused)

  1. (transitive) To cheat, trick
    • 1835, William Gilmore Simms, The Partisan, Harper, Chapter IV, page 46:
      They never like you half so well as when you bring your men with you: they don't want officers so much as men; and some of the commands, if they can chouse you out of your recruits, will not stop to do so; and then you may whistle for your commission.
    • Landor
      The undertaker of the afore-cited poesy hath choused your highness.



chouse (plural chouses)

  1. One who is easily cheated; a gullible person.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hudibras to this entry?)
  2. A trick; a sham.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
  3. A swindler.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


  1. ^ "chouse." Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary. Merriam-Webster. 2008.