Meaning of chow chow in English:

chow chow

Pronunciation /ˈtʃaʊtʃaʊ/


  • 1

    another term for chow (sense 2 of the noun)

  • 2mass noun A Chinese preserve of ginger, orange peel, and other ingredients, in syrup.

    ‘So next time you get the craving for yams, sweet potatoes, chow chow, papaya, cassava, fresh chillis, or just want five kilos of King Edwards, give Surrey Street a try and help to maintain one of the town's greatest experiences.’
    • ‘Chow chow is an important ingredient when making Sri Lankan fruit cake.’
    • ‘Chow chow preserves can be purchased at Chinese groceries or specialty food stores.’
  • 3mass noun A mixed vegetable pickle.

    ‘Chow chows can be made from cabbage, green tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower, corn, onions, peppers, vinegar, salt, turmeric, and a sweetener.’
    • ‘In the south, and particularly in the mountains where they grow huge heads of crisp cabbage, chow chow is a favorite relish to be eaten with a bowl of pinto beans.’
    • ‘Southerners serve chow chow with beans, peas and greens and as an all-purpose relish with meat, poultry and fish.’
    relish, chutney, chow chow, piccalilli, sauerkraut


Late 18th century pidgin English, of unknown ultimate origin.