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chaw

[ chaw ]SEE DEFINITION OF chaw

Synonyms for chaw

  • bite
  • champ
  • chomp
  • chump
  • gnash
  • gnaw
  • grind
  • manducate
  • masticate
  • munch
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHAW

I tell ye what you do: Give him a bone or a chunk of tough meat to chaw on.

“Might chaw on a biscuit before I take another nap,” yawned the prisoner.

Ain't you afraid that you might take a chaw on it, by mistake for your tobacco?

Then he inquired as an afterthought: “Would he snap or chaw me up a-tall?”

Not so much as a chaw of bacon, or a blanket to lay over you nights.

An' I'm hungry 'nough to chaw grass, were you to show me a tidy patch an' say go to it!

I'm that near gone I could chaw on a dog biscuit and like it!

Then Tom was fond of a chaw, and seldom had had a quid out of his cheeks.

But if that is the case why did he interfere whin the grizzly was about to chaw me up?

Maybe Bill he gives him a chaw; maybe he lies and says he ain't got none.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, unexplained phonetic variant of chew (v.). OED points out the variant form chow was "very common in 16-17th c." Bartlett's "Dictionary of Americanisms" [1859] says chaw, "Although found in good authors, ... is retained, in this country as in England, only by the illiterate." Related: Chawed; chawing. The noun meaning "that which is chewed" (especially a quid of tobacco) first recorded 1709.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CHAW

bite

nouninjury from gripping, tearing
  • chaw
  • chomp
  • gob
  • itch
  • laceration
  • nip
  • pain
  • pinch
  • prick
  • smarting
  • sting
  • tooth marks
  • wound

chewed

verbgrind with teeth
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