• WordNet 3.6
    • v chaw chew without swallowing "chaw tobacco"
    • n chaw a wad of something chewable as tobacco
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chaw As much as is put in the mouth at once; a chew; a quid.
    • Chaw The jaw.
    • Chaw To grind with the teeth; to masticate, as food in eating; to chew, as the cud; to champ, as the bit. "The trampling steed, with gold and purple trapped, Chawing the foamy bit, there fiercely stood."
    • Chaw To ruminate in thought; to consider; to keep the mind working upon; to brood over.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chaw Same as chew, 1.
    • chaw Same as chew.
    • chaw To be sulky.
    • n chaw As much as is put in the mouth at once; a chew, especially of tobacco; a quid.
    • n chaw The jaw.
    • n chaw [This form occurred twice in the original edition (1611) of the authorized version of the Scriptures (Ezek. xxix. 4, xxxviii. 4), but in modern editions has been changed.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chaw chaw (Spens.) the jaw—usually pl.v.t. to chew, still used of tobacco
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Chaw (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Jaw.


In literature:

As soon as they disappear they make way for the "horn worm" who now takes his turn at a "chaw.
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
You'll jest natcherly chaw him inter hash.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
But if you wants to, I'll gamble my chest agin a chaw that you won't.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
They'd chaw me up quicker'n a man could hang up his hat.
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
That horse didn't have much style to him, and no gait to speak of; but he was as good a cow-horse as ever chawed a bit.
"The Duke Of Chimney Butte" by G. W. Ogden
I want something to 'chaw on,' as Direxia said just now.
"Mrs. Tree" by Laura E. Richards
Triangle felt "chawed up," and wished he had been roasted alive in the city before venturing upon such a trip.
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
Thar war some green leaves on the fox-grape-vine, an' I chawed all o' them that I ked git my paws on.
"Our Young Folks--Vol. I, No. II, February 1865" by Various
Looks mighty much like you a-chawed this time, less'n this critter an' the one you had both deceives they looks a pow'ful sight.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
They allus gits hungry in the night, too, and chaws a feller up while he sleeps.
"Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran" by John McElroy

In poetry:

The Capting looked across the rail
And sort of chawed his lip —
For Carpenter Dan was building an
Extension to the ship.
"Industrious Carpenter Dan" by Wallace Irwin
"OH, when I was a little Ghost,
A merry time had we!
Each seated on his favourite post,
We chumped and chawed the buttered toast
They gave us for our tea."
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
When all thy deeds, whose brunt thou feel'st alone,
Are chaw'd by others' pens and tongue,
And as their wit is, their digestion,
Thy nourisht fame is weak or strong.
"Content" by George Herbert
Old Spense, he bit a noble chaw,
An' sort ov meditated;
Samson he nibbl'd at the grass,
An' preacher smil'd and waited;
Ye'd see it writ upon his face--
"I've got Spense in a tightsome place!"
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
We're a' to be chawed up by big cousin Sam,
Wha brags he has brocht the dark children o' Ham
Out the hoose o' their bondage, an' set them a' free;
May they use weel the blessin'!—belyve we sall see.
"Rhymes For The Times: I: 1865" by Janet Hamilton
Miss Spense wus in the keepin'-room,
O'erlookin' last yar's cherries;
The Help wus settin' on the bench,
A-hullin' airly berries;
The hir'd man sot on the step,
An' chaw'd, an' watch'd the crickets lep.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Vinay K Chaudhri, Ken Barker, Shaw-Yi Chaw, Peter E Clark, Daniel Hansch, Bonnie E John, Sunil Mishra, John Pacheco, Bruce Porter, Aaron Spaulding, Moritz Weiten.