chuck wagon


: a wagon carrying supplies and provisions for cooking (as on a ranch)
usually chuckwagon chiefly Western US : an informal buffet
often used attributively
a chuckwagon dinner

Examples of chuck wagon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To the southwest is Clinton, a town of roughly 3,000 on normal occasions that sees 30,000 for its annual chuck wagon races. Daniel McFadin, Arkansas Online, 25 Sep. 2023 The lodge features comfortable cabins and a variety of dining options, including farm-to-table cuisine and a chuckwagon cookout. James Barrett, Redbook, 14 Mar. 2023 Central Avenue was transformed into an oversized chuckwagon restaurant for 500 diners, using tables improvised from pine boards and hay bales. Douglas C. Towne, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2022 Portland is known around the country for its role in elevating the food cart from a humble chuckwagon to a destination, where chefs trained at top-end kitchens could experiment with passion projects. oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2022 The mural is a landscape peppered with scenes from Western life, including images of cowboys at work on the range, gathered around a chuckwagon and hanging out on the street of a dusty town. Deborah Martin,, 25 Aug. 2020 Not to mention the food options, which range from seed-to-table meals to an authentic chuckwagon dinner. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2020 His cohorts informed the media of their plans, and Lockett and three other riders left Brenham with a chuck wagon and set out for Houston. Brittanie Shey, Chron, 27 Feb. 2023 Loretta Lynn's Ranch hosts an array of events on the property, including seasonal chuck wagon races, holiday concerts and horseback trail rides. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


chuck entry 5

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chuck wagon was in 1887

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“Chuck wagon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

chuck wagon

: a wagon carrying a stove and food for cooking (as on a ranch)
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