One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An act of chewing something, especially something not intended to be swallowed.‘enjoying a good chaw’
- ‘We could never resist the temptations of a good chaw without your help.’
- ‘It's not a regular habit, but I like a good chaw when I'm hiking or sitting around a campfire in the woods.’
- 1.1 Something chewed, especially a quid of tobacco.‘a chaw of tobacco’
quid, twist, plug, chewView synonyms
- ‘This topped sneaking a chaw of tobacco behind a school friend's garage, or hanging out with the glue-heads.’
- ‘Spittoons still grace the chamber, should any senator wish to gnaw on a bit of chaw, but senators are not permitted to use laptops on the floor.’
- ‘I worked to keep the wheel steady, watching as his lips contorted and then expelled a wet brown plug of used chaw.’
- ‘Her shoulder bumps his, and he swallows his chaw.’
- ‘He had two great mounds of curls sticking out of his hat on either side of his head, and the biggest chaw of tobacco in his cheek that I've ever seen.’
verb[with object]North American
Chew (something, especially tobacco)‘now just about anyone can don stetsons and chaw tobacco’no object ‘he passed the time chawing and spitting’
- ‘Some men drink to forget their anger and hurt, others smoke or chaw when their nervous but I guess, with the exception of last night, Selby sucks a lemon instead.’
- ‘On an early visit, I paid $37.50 for the privilege of chawing my way through four reasonably tasty slices of porterhouse, which is several dollars more than you'll pay for a superior piece of beef down the street.’
- ‘This means they shoot squirrels, chaw and spit, and say ‘dang’ a lot.’
Late Middle English (as a verb): variant of chew.
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