Chaw is a slang term for a piece of a plug of chewing tobacco. When you bite off a mouthful of the plug, you just got a chaw of tobacco.

Chaw (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chawed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Chawing.] [See Chew.]


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. Surrey.


To ruminate in thought; to consider; to keep the mind working upon; to brood over.


A word formerly in good use, but now regarded as vulgar.


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Chaw, n. [See Chaw, v. t.]


As much as is put in the mouth at once; a chew; a quid.


2. [Cf. Jaw.]

The jaw.



Chaw bacon, a rustic; a bumpkin; a lout. Law -- Chaw tooth, a grinder. Law


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