Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive & transitive verb To chew.
  • noun A chew, especially of tobacco.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as chew, 1.
  • 2. Same as chew, 2.
  • To be sulky.
  • noun As much as is put in the mouth at once; a chew, especially of tobacco; a quid.
  • noun The jaw.
  • noun [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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To grind with the teeth; to masticate, as food in eating; to chew, as the cud; to champ, as the bit.
  • transitive verb To ruminate in thought; to consider; to keep the mind working upon; to brood over.
  • noun Law As much as is put in the mouth at once; a chew; a quid.
  • noun obsolete The jaw.
  • noun (Law) a rustic; a bumpkin; a lout.
  • noun a grinder. (Law)

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun informal, uncountable Chewing tobacco.
  • noun countable A plug or wad of chewing tobacco.
  • noun obsolete The jaw.
  • verb nonstandard 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.
  • verb UK, slang To steal.

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

  • noun a wad of something chewable as tobacco
  • verb chew without swallowing

Etymologies

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

[Variant of chew.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

See chew.

Examples

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  • The old crone's left cheek was puffed out as though she had a chaw in it.

    - William Gass, The Tunnel

    May 11, 2009

  • Citation on unclockwise.

    June 19, 2009

  • "All other griefs allow a part

    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

  • And I for one am glad he doesn't chaw. Down the hatch I go!

    September 29, 2010