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PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

From earlier chawe ‎(jaw). More at jaw. See also chew.

NounEdit

chaw ‎(plural chaws)

  1. (informal, uncountable) Chewing tobacco.
    When the doctor told him to quit smoking, Harvey switched to chaw, but then developed cancer of the mouth.
  2. (countable) A plug or wad of chewing tobacco.
    • 1889, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter XXI,
      "YOU give him a chaw, did you? So did your sister's cat's grandmother. You pay me back the chaws you've awready borry'd off'n me, Lafe Buckner, then I'll loan you one or two ton of it, and won't charge you no back intrust, nuther."
    • 1970, Donald Harington, Lightning Bug:
      He […] went into the store and behind the counter and reached up and got the plug of chewing tobacco and unwrapped it and bit off a chaw.
  3. (obsolete) The jaw.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

VerbEdit

chaw ‎(third-person singular simple present chaws, present participle chawing, simple past and past participle chawed)

  1. (archaic or nonstandard) To chew; to grind with one's teeth; to masticate (food, or the cud); to champ (at the bit).
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
    • Surrey
      The trampling steed, with gold and purple trapped, / Chawing the foamy bit, there fiercely stood.
    • 1884, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter XXIX,
      [] the king he set down and twisted his head to one side, and chawed his tongue, and scrawled off something []
  2. To ruminate in thought; to consider; to keep the mind working upon; to brood over.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  3. (Britain, slang) To steal.
    Some pikey's chawed my bike.
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