chowy adj

Of the sea: rough.

1902 Wasson in Harper’s Weekly 46.1284 coastal ME, She blowed half a gale the whole blame’ time, and was so tormented chowy outside ’twas seldom ever I could pull ary traps at all. 1905 Wasson Green Shay 79 coastal ME, Don’t you know how ungodly chowy [Footnote: Rough] and hubbly it gits down there with the flood tide settin’ in ag’in an easterly breeze o’ wind?