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noun (1)


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chowed; chowing; chows

intransitive verb

: eat
often used with down
chowing down on pizza


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noun (2)

Examples of chow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
After the Oscars chow has been prepared, the couple moves on to packing the snacks, a difficult feat with their outfits’ limited storage. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 12 Mar. 2024 Mager feeds puppy chow to Iggy a friendly but wild iguana. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 So instead of getting a bunch of dehydrated backpacker chow for your friend who is trying to summit several mountains in the next year, buy them one of these gifts instead. Carina Finn, Bon Appétit, 14 Dec. 2023 But watching a flick under the stars with a favorite furry friend in tow is probably like puppy chow for dog lovers. Kevinisha Walker, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2024 Many of these efforts are also focused primarily on more common and well-known cat chow, such as small mammals and birds. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 12 Dec. 2023 It’s served with curry-scented chickpeas, tamarind sauce, cucumber chow, and culantro (sister to cilantro) chutney. Dwight Brown, Essence, 20 Dec. 2023 The avocado in this grain-free dog chow is also rich in antioxidants and critical vitamins for optimum nutrition. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2023 Researchers in the study gave the mice a special high-fat chow, 61% of whose calories come from fat (compared to just 13% in normal feed). Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 18 May 2012
Read on to sample some of the dishes that will be available to chow on while cheering on the Current — kickoff is at noon on Saturday, March 16. David Hudnall, Kansas City Star, 7 Mar. 2024 Who doesn’t want to chow on cheese and crackers in front of the TV on a weeknight? Bon Appétit, 14 Oct. 2021 The kibble is also extra-large and easy to eat, so your big guy can chow down at mealtime. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 Red-eared slider turtles can chow down on earthworms, snails, slugs and leafy greens, according to VCA Animal Hospitals. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 17 July 2022 During the experience, guests will chow down on a southern pimento cheese spread with petite toasts; southern sweet potato and spinach salad; small plates of Kentucky hot brown sliders; shrimp and smoked grits; and dirty derby bread pudding, according to the event's Facebook page. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 In two scenes, characters chow down on carrots when plenty of other vegetables are available, and in two other scenes, women randomly slice lemons for seemingly no purpose. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 7 Nov. 2022 According to the National Turkey Federation, 88% of Americans chow down on Thanksgiving turkey (see these turkey serving guidelines). Taylor Murphy, Good Housekeeping, 25 Aug. 2022 When their suitors don’t somersault, females don’t chow down—which makes some nutritional sense, considering that males in the two species where these acrobatics occur, redbacks and brown widows, weigh just 1 to 2 percent of what their mates do. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 20 July 2022

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Word History


Noun (1)

short for chowchow

Noun (2)

by shortening

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1856, in the meaning defined above


1917, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chow was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Chow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun


2 of 2 verb
: eat sense 1
chowing down on pizza

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