Definition of chuck wagon in English:

chuck wagon

noun

North American
  • A wagon with cooking facilities providing food on a ranch or by a roadside.

    • ‘On a trail drive north to Wichita, Shorty shot the chuck wagon driver and the cook for not having supper ready for him.’
    • ‘Particularly in the summer season, there are often demonstrations of blacksmithing, and under the shade of enormous cottonwood trees, a chuck wagon cook spins trail-driving yarns.’
    • ‘Our two year old, sporting an apron and cowboy boots, pretended to cook beans over the fire; his older brother, in a vest, chaps, and boots, came to the chuck wagon for a meal again and again.’
    • ‘Each year during the last week of school we held a special celebration for the graduating ninth graders with a rodeo, square dancing, chuck wagon feed, folk singers etc., all in the yard behind the school.’
    • ‘Most often the cowpuncher's rifles were carried in the chuck wagon to eliminate fouling when using ropes or while working cattle in thick brush.’
    • ‘Laurie climbed out of the chuck wagon and climbed into the supply wagon.’
    • ‘Planned events coinciding with the Mane Mission horse parade include a headlining Saturday night concert, chuck wagon cooking, cowboy poets, and a horse-mounted church service.’
    • ‘On cool evenings they stand around a campfire by the chuck wagon warming themselves outwardly with the flames and inwardly with strong coffee served free of charge.’
    • ‘In the middle of all this was a large chuck wagon already cooking up eggs, sausage, flapjacks and plenty of hot coffee.’
    • ‘The US has been the inspiration of the food to go and fast food phenomenon for decades where pace of life has demanded the modern version of the chuck wagon.’
    • ‘It included a chuck wagon breakfast and tent, Western music, hats and bandanas.’
    • ‘Bona fide cowboys and tenderfoot city slickers might like the Old West appeal of a dude ranch, where guides and horses cater to all abilities and entertainment ranges from chuck wagon dinners to spa treatments.’
    • ‘We can smell bacon and beans sizzling on an open fire next to a chuck wagon.’
    • ‘The chuck wagon races were held every evening, drawing crowds which filled up the whole venue.’
    • ‘Mop sauce gets its name from a utensil similar to a small string mop that the chuck wagon cook would use to baste meats, literally mopping on the sauce while cooking.’
    • ‘About four John began to stir, so Steve decided to join him at the chuck wagon.’
    • ‘When the chuck wagon tore out around the ring, our horses tore after it.’
    • ‘Texas-size entertainment will be offered throughout the evening, along with gourmet chuck wagon food, two drink tickets, and an opportunity to ride ‘El Toro,’ the mechanical bull.’

Origin

Late 19th century: chuck, in the informal sense ‘food’.

Pronunciation

chuck wagon

/ˈtʃʌk ˌwaɡ(ə)n/