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chawed; chawing; chaws


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: a chew especially of tobacco

Examples of chaw in a Sentence

Verb the farmer was intently chawing a carrot Noun enjoyed a chaw of tobacco
Recent Examples on the Web
In cooler months, a hadrosaur might chaw rotten logs to get their daily fiber—with mushrooms and insects adding a little protein to the mix. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Apr. 2022
Jose is a hard runner and always has a huge chaw in his lip. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 29 Mar. 2023 But civilization and its refinements have gained a foothold; tobacco chewers are spitting their chaw juices into upmarket iced tea bottles and farmers are raising llamas. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2020 Both of my sons are users of smokeless tobacco (chaw). Amy Dickinson,, 10 June 2018 Carrasco and Bauer’s first subject was infielder Jose Ramirez, who received red-lensed sunglasses, a chaw in his lip, a dangling chain and a mohawk that Carrasco sculpted by peeling back the baseball’s leather and pulling through its internal yarn. Ben Reiter,, 13 Sep. 2017 The man so loved his chaw that congressional pages ran fresh spittoons to his desk in relays. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 6 Jan. 2017 The book, with its cover photograph of Dykstra looking like a jack-o’-lantern with a chaw of tobacco in one cheek, will rank No. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 9 July 2016

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Word History



by alteration

First Known Use


1506, in the meaning defined above


1709, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chaw was in 1506

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Cite this Entry

“Chaw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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