[abbr. pidgin chow-chow, food; ult. ? the chow dog, eaten in China; note MacGill, Reed Dict. of N.Z. Slang (2003): ‘Evolved from sailors calling food “chow”; chowchow for yellow pickles, from Chinese perceived as yellow in skin pigment. A term of contempt that followed Chinese into market gardening, where a cabbage was known as a chow.’]
[late 19C+] (Aus.) a derog. term for a Chinese person, esp. an immigrant or descendant of one.
2. the Chinese language.
[1910s] one who displays the negative characteristics of a stereotyped Chinese person.