Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To chew.
  • n. A chew, especially of tobacco.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Chewing tobacco.
  • n. A plug or wad of chewing tobacco.
  • n. The jaw.
  • v. Nonstandard spelling of chew; to grind with the teeth; to masticate, as food in eating; to chew, as the cud; to champ, as the bit.
  • v. To steal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. As much as is put in the mouth at once; a chew; a quid.
  • n. The jaw.
  • transitive v. To grind with the teeth; to masticate, as food in eating; to chew, as the cud; to champ, as the bit.
  • transitive v. To ruminate in thought; to consider; to keep the mind working upon; to brood over.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as chew, 1.
  • 2. Same as chew, 2.
  • To be sulky.
  • n. As much as is put in the mouth at once; a chew, especially of tobacco; a quid.
  • n. The jaw.
  • n. [This form occurred twice in the original edition (1611) of the authorized version of the Scriptures (Ezek. xxix. 4, xxxviii. 4), but in modern editions has been changed.]

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

  • n. a wad of something chewable as tobacco
  • v. chew without swallowing

Etymologies

Variant of chew.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See chew. (Wiktionary)

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    September 29, 2010

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    To other griefs, and ask themselves but some;
    They come to us, but us Love draws,
    He swallows us, and never chaws"

    -From Donne's "The Broken Heart"

    September 28, 2010

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    June 19, 2009

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    - William Gass, The Tunnel

    May 11, 2009