nouninformal North American
1An act of chewing something, especially something not intended to be swallowed.
- ‘enjoying a good chaw’
- ‘We could never resist the temptations of a good chaw without your help.’
- ‘It's not a regular habit, but I like a good chaw when I'm hiking or sitting around a campfire in the woods.’
- 1.1Something chewed, especially a wad of tobacco.
quid, twist, plug, chew
- ‘a chaw of tobacco’
- ‘He had two great mounds of curls sticking out of his hat on either side of his head, and the biggest chaw of tobacco in his cheek that I've ever seen.’
- ‘This topped sneaking a chaw of tobacco behind a school friend's garage, or hanging out with the glue-heads.’
- ‘I worked to keep the wheel steady, watching as his lips contorted and then expelled a wet brown plug of used chaw.’
- ‘Spittoons still grace the chamber, should any senator wish to gnaw on a bit of chaw, but senators are not permitted to use laptops on the floor.’
- ‘Her shoulder bumps his, and he swallows his chaw.’
transitive verb[with object]informal North American
Chew (something, especially tobacco)
- ‘now just about anyone can don stetsons and chaw tobacco’
- ‘he passed the time chawing and spitting’
- ‘On an early visit, I paid $37.50 for the privilege of chawing my way through four reasonably tasty slices of porterhouse, which is several dollars more than you'll pay for a superior piece of beef down the street.’
- ‘This means they shoot squirrels, chaw and spit, and say ‘dang’ a lot.’
- ‘Some men drink to forget their anger and hurt, others smoke or chaw when their nervous but I guess, with the exception of last night, Selby sucks a lemon instead.’
Late Middle English (as a verb): variant of chew.
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