Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wagon equipped with food and cooking utensils, as on a ranch or in a lumber camp.

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  • n. Wagon used to prepare meals on a cattle drives, in the latter part of the 19th century.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wagon equipped with a cookstove and provisions (for cowboys)

Etymologies

chuck was cowboy slang for food. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yates was reshoeing one of the cow ponies over by the chuck wagon, the tap of his hammer out of rhythm with the song Woolie was playing on the harmonica.

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  • She took a quick sip of the bitterly black coffee and wandered over by the chuck wagon, where Rusty was working.

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  • A half-naked Indian was standing by the chuck wagon, his face and chest smeared with warpaint.

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