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Chew definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CHEW, v.t.
1. To bite and grind with the teeth; to masticate, as food, to prepare it for deglutition and digestion.
2. To ruminate in the thoughts; to meditate; as, to chew revenge.
3. To champ; to bite, hold or roll about in the mouth; as, to chew tobacco.
4. To taste, without swallowing.
CHEW, v.i. To champ upon; to ruminate.
Old politicians chew on wisdom past.
CHEW, n. That which is chewed; that which is held in the mouth at once; a cud.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a wad of something chewable as tobacco [syn: chew, chaw, cud, quid, plug, wad]
2: biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow [syn: chew, chewing, mastication, manduction] v
1: chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth; "He jawed his bubble gum"; "Chew your food and don't swallow it!"; "The cows were masticating the grass" [syn: chew, masticate, manducate, jaw]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English c?owan; akin to Old High German kiuwan to chew, Russian zhevat' Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to crush, grind, or gnaw (as food) with or as if with the teeth ; masticate 2. to injure, destroy, or consume as if by chewing usually used with up <chewing up profits> intransitive verb to chew something; specifically to chew tobacco chewable adjective chewer noun chewy adjective II. noun Date: 13th century 1. the act of chewing 2. something for chewing

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v.tr. (also absol.) work (food etc.) between the teeth; crush or indent with the teeth. --n. 1 an act of chewing. 2 something for chewing, esp. a chewy sweet. Phrases and idioms: chew the cud reflect, ruminate. chew the fat (or rag) sl. 1 chat. 2 grumble. chewing-gum flavoured gum, esp. chicle, for chewing. chew on 1 work continuously between the teeth (chewed on a piece of string). 2 think about; meditate on. chew out US colloq. reprimand. chew over 1 discuss, talk over. 2 think about; meditate on. Derivatives: chewable adj. chewer n. Etymology: OE ceowan

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Chew Chew, v. i. To perform the action of biting and grinding with the teeth; to ruminate; to meditate. old politicians chew wisdom past. --Pope.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Chew Chew, n. That which is chewed; that which is held in the mouth at once; a cud. [Law]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Chew Chew (ch[udd]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chewed (ch[udd]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Chewing.] [As ce['o]wan, akin to D. kauwen, G. kauen. Cf. Chaw, Jaw.] 1. To bite and grind with the teeth; to masticate. 2. To ruminate mentally; to meditate on. He chews revenge, abjuring his offense. --Prior. To chew the cud, to chew the food ocer again, as a cow; to ruminate; hence, to meditate. Every beast the parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat. --Deut. xxiv. 6.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(chews, chewing, chewed) 1. When you chew food, you use your teeth to break it up in your mouth so that it becomes easier to swallow. Be certain to eat slowly and chew your food extremely well... Daniel leaned back on the sofa, still chewing on his apple. ...the sound of his mother chewing and swallowing. VERB: V n, V at/on n, V 2. If you chew gum or tobacco, you keep biting it and moving it around your mouth to taste the flavour of it. You do not swallow it. One girl was chewing gum... VERB: V n 3. If you chew your lips or your fingernails, you keep biting them because you are nervous. He chewed his lower lip nervously. VERB: V n 4. If a person or animal chews an object, they bite it with their teeth. They pause and chew their pencils... One owner left his pet under the stairs where the animal chewed through electric cables. = bite VERB: V n, V prep 5. If you say that someone has bitten off more than they can chew, you mean that they are trying to do something which is too difficult for them. Micky is used to handling dodgy deals but this time fears he may have bitten off more than he can chew. PHRASE: bite inflects 6. to chew the cud: see cud

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a., v. n. 1. Masticate, manducate, munch. 2. Champ, bite, gnaw. 3. Meditate, ruminate, muse on, reflect upon, chew the cud upon.

Moby Thesaurus

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