\ ˈchȯ How to pronounce chaw (audio) \
chawed; chawing; chaws

Definition of chaw

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Definition of chaw (Entry 2 of 2)

: a chew especially of tobacco

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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: Noun 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, "Headless Bodies, Faceless Corpses," 20 Mar. 2020 Both of my sons are users of smokeless tobacco (chaw). Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Guy’s lies lead straight to the gym," 10 June 2018 Both of my sons are users of smokeless tobacco (chaw). Amy Dickinson,, "Guy's lies lead straight to the gym," 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,, "Guys And Dolls: Pitchers Of Streaking Indians Making Baseballs Into Artwork," 13 Sep. 2017 The man so loved his chaw that congressional pages ran fresh spittoons to his desk in relays. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "If You're a Federal Employee and Congress Doesn't Like You, They Can Slash Your Pay to a Dollar," 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, "Sign Up for the Sports Newsletter," 9 July 2016

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First Known Use of chaw


1506, in the meaning defined above


1709, in the meaning defined above

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“Chaw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chaw

US, informal : a piece or amount of chewing tobacco

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