(Sp. model spelled same [t∫iwáwa] (a place name))
   1) Southwest: 1930. A mild expletive common in the Southwest. Also Ay, Chihuahua. Santamaría references Ay, Chihuahua as an exclamation used as a euphemism for chingar 'to copulate.' Galván also references Chihuahua as an interjection of varying intensity of meaning. He says that in Chicano Spanish it can mean everything from 'Goodness gracious!' to 'Hell!'
   2) West: 1936. A spur with a large rowel, often intricately decorated with silver. Known as a Chihuahua spur.
   3) According to Hendrickson, a slang term used on the frontier for "a little town with a large number of saloons and dancehalls."
   See also Chihuahua town below.
   4) A freighting wagon or large cart with two solid, wooden wheels.
   Also Chihuahua cart. No Spanish sources reference meanings (2), (3), and (4), but it is probable that (2) and (4) originated in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Cowboy Talk. A Dictionary of Spanish Terms. . 2013.

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