- The definition of chew means to use teeth to bite, cut through and grind into smaller pieces, or is slang meaning to reprimand someone.
- An example of chew is using your teeth to turn large pieces of lettuce into smaller, easier to swallow pieces.
- To tell someone off is an example of how to chew someone out.
A puppy chewing on a sock.
chew definition by Webster's New World
- to bite and grind or crush with the teeth; masticate
- ☆ Slang to rebuke severely; reprimand: usually with out
Origin: Middle English chewen ; from Old English ceowan, to bite, chew ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gjeu-, to chew from source Persian ǰavidan, German kauen
- to chew something
- ☆ Informal to chew tobacco
- the act of chewing
- something chewed or for chewing; specif., a portion of tobacco for chewing
chew definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb chewed, chew·ing, chews verb, transitive
- To bite and grind with the teeth; masticate.
- To meditate on; ponder: chew a problem over.
- To make a crushing and grinding motion with the teeth.
- To cogitate; meditate: chewed on the difficulties ahead.
- Informal To use chewing tobacco.
- The act of chewing.
- Something held in the mouth and chewed, especially a plug of tobacco. See Regional Note at chaw.
Origin: Middle English cheuen, from Old English cēowan.
- chewˈa·ble adjective
- chewˈer noun
chew - Phrases/Idioms
- to think over; consider
- to discuss at length
chew the ragor chew the fat
chew the scenery
chew the cud