Definition of chuck wagon in English:

chuck wagon


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

    • ‘Laurie climbed out of the chuck wagon and climbed into the supply wagon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We can smell bacon and beans sizzling on an open fire next to a chuck wagon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the middle of all this was a large chuck wagon already cooking up eggs, sausage, flapjacks and plenty of hot coffee.’
    • ‘On a trail drive north to Wichita, Shorty shot the chuck wagon driver and the cook for not having supper ready for him.’
    • ‘When the chuck wagon tore out around the ring, our horses tore after it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chuck wagon races were held every evening, drawing crowds which filled up the whole venue.’
    • ‘About four John began to stir, so Steve decided to join him at the chuck wagon.’
    • ‘It included a chuck wagon breakfast and tent, Western music, hats and bandanas.’


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


chuck wagon

/ˈtʃʌk ˌwaɡ(ə)n/