Asked in Dog BreedsDefinitions
What does the word chow mean?
Which dog is known for having a purple tongue?
Asked in History
What is the history of the word chow in the English language?
Asked in Translations, English to French
What is 'chow' when translated from English to French?
Asked in Chow Chows
How much chow could a chow chow chew if a chow chow could chew chow?
Asked in Word and Phrase Origins
What language did the word chow come from?
One use of 'chow' in English is an adopted Italian word, spelt 'ciao' in and pronounced 'chow'; it is an informal greeting and means 'hi', 'hello', 'goodbye', 'see you later'. The word 'chow' meaning 'food', or 'to eat', originated in California with Chinese immigrants and was first recorded in the late eighteenth century. It is believed to come from the Chinese-English term, 'chow-chow', meaning 'mixture' or 'mixed'. The name of the dog breed, Chow, is recorded in English from the nineteenth century and is believed to be also from the Chinese term for 'mixed'. The word 'chow' is also used in the north of England, particularly Yorkshire, with the meaning 'to reprimand' or 'to tell off'. The name, Chow, is also a very common surname among people of Chinese origins worldwide.
Asked in Idioms, Cliches, and Slang
What does chow mean in slang?