Definition of chow in English:

chow

noun

  • 1informal mass noun Food.

    ‘Tex-Mex chow is more than melted cheese and beans’
    • ‘After the 10 days, the rats were given a sugary, chocolate-flavoured snack as well as regular rat chow.’
    • ‘I shoveled in that chow like a truck driver and topped it off with a cup of black coffee strong enough to go out and plow the back forty on its own.’
    • ‘The mandrills are provisioned twice a day with locally available fruit and monkey chow.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, the results of our study indicated that the animals nourished with standard rat chow had better results than the group supplemented with fibre and arginine.’
    • ‘I fired up my backpacker's stove and cooked up my version of hobo chow with rice and kidney beans.’
    • ‘The food was a mixture of commercial tropical fish food, commercial guinea pig chow, freeze-dried tubifex worms, finely sifted silt, and puppy vitamins.’
    • ‘We grabbed some chow then had a much deserved nap.’
    • ‘Here was the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, in a combat zone on Thanksgiving day, serving chow to his soldiers.’
    • ‘Against a bright, cheery backdrop, choose from more than a dozen variations of this Chicano chow, most of which are presented four to a plate, open-faced on soft corn or flour tortillas.’
    • ‘Mice fed a control diet consisting of mouse chow and no additional supplementation experienced irreversible platelet damage and premature death.’
    • ‘Furtive peanut oil can also pop up in unexpected places, like egg rolls, bird feed and animal chow.’
    • ‘A proper menu is forthcoming, but there's always a small selection of chow to be had.’
    • ‘But because retort pouch technology makes it easier to cook the food in the field, and the MRE style chow tastes better than anything in cans, the retort pouch MRE is taking over.’
    • ‘It was so pleasant I think I may take a page from Lisa's family dinner and invite friends for chow next time.’
    • ‘One approach to camping chow is to purchase pre-packaged, dehydrated meals.’
    • ‘It was midday local time, hundreds of troops were tucking into well-earned chow.’
    • ‘The Triple Rock Social Club has been serving up booze and chow on the West Bank since 1998.’
    • ‘The new soldier's chow was invented by the Combat Feeding Directorate, part of the US Army Soldier Systems Centre in Natick, Massachusetts.’
    • ‘It's an urgent delivery because they're running low on chow, and for the past few weeks, they've been on reduced rations.’
    • ‘We maintained the animals on an ad libitum diet of commercial chow and water.’
    food, food and drink, fare, cooking, cuisine, sustenance, nutriment, nourishment, nutrition
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  • 2A dog of a sturdy Chinese breed with a broad muzzle, a tail curled over the back, a bluish-black tongue, and typically a dense thick coat.

    • ‘That dog was the chow, and ever since chows have had blue tongues.’
    • ‘Vanessa is a freelance writer in Kansas City, Missouri, whose pack, Walden, a golden retriever and Alfredo, a chow mix, were the inspiration for this article.’
    • ‘‘I had a chow and a cat but they both passed,’ he mournfully reveals.’
    • ‘We have a chow/shepherd mix, and the invisible fence doesn't work for her as the shock doesn't reach her skin through the mass of fur.’
    • ‘Large, powerful dogs are frequently targeted, including Akitas, chow chows, Dalmatians, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Great Danes, pit bulls, Rottweilers as well as mixes of these breeds.’
    • ‘At home she lives with two chows, one politician and a Siamese cat.’
    • ‘Lion-dogs - immense mastiffs with the solid bodies of Rottweilers but the matted coats and lion ruffs of chows - were staked outside these tents, barking themselves hoarse.’
    • ‘The real dog is worth £750 apparently, a lot for a chow.’
    • ‘A study of 178 dog-bite cases reported to Denver animal control officials in 1991 revealed that German shepherds and chow chows were the dogs most likely to bite.’
    • ‘Coco, a mixed-breed chow, drifted alone on the powerboat for three days before being rescued in good shape.’

verb

North American
informal
  • Eat.

    no object ‘he chowed down on lobster’
    • ‘He works long hours, sweats a lot and chows down on whatever dish strikes his fancy.’
    • ‘I often went dancing with my parents and their friends on Saturday nights and we'd wind up at the local truck stop or in someone's kitchen at 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning chowing down.’
    • ‘I am much enamoured of Easter and Passover foods and find this my favorite season for chowing down.’
    • ‘She should know - as an exchange student from France to the U.S. during high school, Guiliano gained 20 pounds chowing down on McDonalds and other lynchpins of the American diet.’
    • ‘My second day at my current place of employment, I was happily chowing down on some fried chicken in the shared kitchen when the co-founder came up behind me and stared at my plate.’

Origin

Late 19th century: shortened from chow chow.

Pronunciation

chow

/tʃaʊ/