What does chaw mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word chaw.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chew, chaw, cud, quid, plug, wadverb

    a wad of something chewable as tobacco

  2. chawverb

    chew without swallowing

    "chaw tobacco"


  1. chawnoun

    Chewing tobacco.

    When the doctor told him to quit smoking, Harvey switched to chaw, but then developed cancer of the mouth.

  2. chawnoun

    A plug or wad of chewing tobacco.

    My uncle's way to convince us not to use tobacco was to give us each a big chaw, and then get us to swallow it.

  3. chawverb

    Nonstandard spelling of chew; to grind with the teeth; to masticate, as food in eating; to chew, as the cud; to champ, as the bit.

  4. chawverb

    To steal.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chawnoun

    The chap; the upper or under part of a beast’s mouth.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy chaws, and will bring thee forth and all thine army. Ezek. xxxviii. 4.

  2. To CHAWverb

    To champ between the teeth; to masticate; to chew.

    Etymology: kawen, Germ.

    I home returning, fraught with foul despight,
    And chawing vengeance all the way I went. Fairy Q. b. ii.

    They come to us, but us love draws;
    He swallows us, and never chaws;
    He is the tyrant pike, and we the fry. John Donne.

    Whether he found any use of chawing little sponges, dipt in oil, in his mouth, when he was perfectly under water, and at a distance from his engine. Boyle.

    The man who laught but once to see an ass
    Mumbling to make the cross-grain’d thistles pass,
    Might laugh again, to see a jury chaw
    The prickles of unpalatable law. Dryden.


  1. chaw

    Chaw is a term used primarily in North America to refer to a wad of chewing tobacco. It can also be used colloquially to describe the act of chewing food or other substances.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chawverb

    to grind with the teeth; to masticate, as food in eating; to chew, as the cud; to champ, as the bit

  2. Chawverb

    to ruminate in thought; to consider; to keep the mind working upon; to brood over

  3. Chawverb

    as much as is put in the mouth at once; a chew; a quid

  4. Chawverb

    the jaw

  5. Etymology: [See Chew.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chaw

    chaw, n. (Spens.) the jaw—usually pl.v.t. to chew, still used of tobacco.—n. Chaw′-bā′con, a country clown, a rustic fellow.—Chawed up, destroyed. [See Jaw.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. chaw

    See QUID.

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  1. CHAW

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CHAW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Chaw is ranked #70645 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Chaw surname appeared 277 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Chaw.

    75% or 208 total occurrences were Asian.
    10.4% or 29 total occurrences were White.
    8.3% or 23 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.8% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chaw in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chaw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. splay
    • B. dicotyledonous
    • C. motile
    • D. askant

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