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chaw (v.)

"to chew, chew roughly," 1520s, unexplained phonetic variant of chew (v.). OED notes that 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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Definitions of chaw from WordNet
1
chaw (v.)
chew without swallowing;
chaw tobacco
2
chaw (n.)
a wad of something chewable as tobacco;
Synonyms: chew / cud / quid / plug / wad
From wordnet.princeton.edu