chow

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Shortened from chow-chow.

Noun[edit]

chow (usually uncountable, plural chows)

  1. (slang, uncountable) Food, especially snacks.
    I'm going to pick up some chow for dinner.
  2. A Chinese breed of dog; the Chow Chow.
    • 1914, Saki, ‘The Lull’, Beasts and Superbeasts:
      ‘I'd try and grapple with him myself, only I've got my chow in my room, you know, and he goes for pigs wherever he finds them.’
    • 1988 March 4, Jane Weinberg, “First Person: Me and Georgia O'Keeffe”, Chicago Reader:
      While we were talking, one of the chows, the rusty one, had come over to me and I was absently petting him.
  3. (chiefly Australia, slang, now rare) A Chinese person.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 11:
      ‘Now look here old man if you should ever bump into an interesting Chow from over the river – one with access, follow me? – just you remember High Haven!’
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chow (third-person singular simple present chows, present participle chowing, simple past and past participle chowed)

  1. (slang, South Africa) To eat.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Chinese.

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Verb[edit]

chow (third-person singular simple present chows, present participle chowing, simple past and past participle chowed)

  1. (Mahjong) To (use a tile or tiles to) piece together a winning combination of tiles.
    • 2007, Eleanor Noss Whitney, A Mah Jong Handbook: How to Play, Score, and Win, page 154:
      [] while the adversary on his right will repeatedly bury in the discard the very tiles he wishes to chow but can't.