chawer








verb (used with or without object), noun Dialect.

  1. chew.

verb

  1. to chew (tobacco), esp without swallowing it

noun

  1. something chewed, esp a plug of tobacco
v.

1520s, unexplained phonetic variant of chew (v.). OED points out the variant form chow was “very common in 16-17th c.” Bartlett’s “Dictionary of Americanisms” [1859] says chaw, “Although found in good authors, … is retained, in this country as in England, only by the illiterate.” Related: Chawed; chawing. The noun meaning “that which is chewed” (especially a quid of tobacco) first recorded 1709.

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