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chew Meaning, Definition & Usage

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

Chew transitive verb
As ceówan, akin to D. kauwen, G. kauen. Cf. Chaw, Jaw.
imperfect & past participle Chewed ; present participle & verbal noun Chewing
  1. To bite and grind with the teeth; to masticate.
  2. To ruminate mentally; to meditate on.
    He chews revenge, abjuring his offense. Prior.
    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.
Chew intransitive verb
  1. To perform the action of biting and grinding with the teeth; to ruminate; to meditate.
    old politicians chew wisdom past. Pope.
Chew noun
  1. That which is chewed; that which is held in the mouth at once; a cud. Law

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

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