American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To bite and grind with the teeth; masticate.
- v. To meditate on; ponder: chew a problem over.
- v. To make a crushing and grinding motion with the teeth.
- v. To cogitate; meditate: chewed on the difficulties ahead.
- v. Informal To use chewing tobacco.
- n. The act of chewing.
- n. Something held in the mouth and chewed, especially a plug of tobacco. See Regional Note at chaw.
- chew out Slang To reprimand; scold.
- idiom. chew the cud Slang To ponder over; meditate.
- idiom. fat Slang To talk together in a friendly, leisurely way; chat at length.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bite and grind with the teeth; masticate, as food, preparatory to swallowing and digestion.
- Figuratively, to ruminate on in the thoughts; meditate on.
- Synonyms Bite, Gnaw, etc. See eat.
- To perform the act of biting and grinding with the teeth; champ; ruminate. Specifically
- To press or grind tobacco between the teeth for the sake of its flavor or stimulating effects.
- Figuratively, to meditate; reflect.
- n. That which is chewed; that which is held in the mouth at one time; especially, a quid of tobacco.
- n. A small sweet, such as a taffy, that is eaten by chewing.
- n. informal, uncountable Chewing tobacco.
- n. countable or uncountable A plug or wad of chewing tobacco; chaw or a chaw.
- v. To crush with the teeth by repeated closing and opening of the jaws; done to food to soften it and break it down by the action of saliva before it is swallowed.
- v. To grind, tear, or otherwise degrade or demolish something with teeth or as with teeth.
- v. informal To think about something; to ponder; to chew over.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To bite and grind with the teeth; to masticate.
- v. To ruminate mentally; to meditate on.
- v. To perform the action of biting and grinding with the teeth; to ruminate; to meditate.
- n. Law That which is chewed; that which is held in the mouth at once; a cud.
- n. a wad of something chewable as tobacco
- v. chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
- n. biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
- Middle English chewen, from Old English ċēowan, from Proto-Germanic *kewwanan, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵi̯euh₁- (compare Latin gingīva ("gums"), Tocharian B śuwaṃ ‘eat’, Polish żuję ("I chew"), Persian ǰāvīdan, Pashto žovạl ("to bite, gnaw")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cheuen, from Old English cēowan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sounds like the rod had a week spot, grmlin chew, door slam, window rowed up, stepped on.”
“Dr Ralph, You might try giving that dog a pigskin chew once a day.”
“The worry that consumers may bite off more than they can safely chew is a serious one.”
“Here the farmer chuckled and cut himself a chew from a plug of tobacco.”
“I’m going to have to let my right brain chew on this a while. hope101´s last blog ..”
“It’s decadent and has a great flavor profile, not to mention that the stick caramel filling has a nice chew from the coconut and crunch from the pecans.”
“Your favourite thing to chew is whatever half-empty Diet Coke bottle you can find, and you’d love it if we’d let you drink the stuff.”
“All you old guys might want to chew this one over for a minute -- assuming you still can chew, that is: Michael Jackson was three years older than the President of the United States (who still has a few months on me, at least) ..”
“The chew is a little bitter, Allan doesn´t like it, but it brings a really pleasant numb sensation to my mouth and throat.”
“Smokeless tobacco products, also known as chew or "snuff," are far from a healthy alternative for tobacco users intending to get a nicotine fix without cigarettes, according to a study published by Portland State chemistry professor Dr. James Pankow.”
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