A puppy chewing on a sock.
- 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.
- to bite and grind or crush with the teeth; masticate
- Informal to damage or destroy as by chewing; mangle, hack, etc.: often with up
Origin of chewMiddle English chewen from Old English ceowan, to bite, chew from Indo-European base an unverified form gjeu-, to chew from source Persian ?avidan, 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
- to think over; consider
- to discuss at length
chew the fat
chew the scenery
verbchewed, chew·ing, chews
- 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 chew tobacco as a habit.
- The act of chewing.
- Something held in the mouth and chewed, especially a plug of tobacco.
Origin of chewMiddle English cheuen from Old English cēowan
(third-person singular simple present chews, present participle chewing, simple past and past participle chewed)
- 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.
- Make sure to chew thoroughly, and don't talk with your mouth full!
- The steak was tough to chew as it had been cooked too long.
- To grind, tear, or otherwise degrade or demolish something with teeth or as with teeth.
- He keep his feed in steel drums to prevent the mice from chewing holes in the feed-sacks.
- The harsh desert wind and sand had chewed the stump into ragged strips of wood.
- (informal) To think about something; to ponder; to chew over.
- The professor stood at the blackboard, chalk in hand, and chewed the question the student had asked.
- A small sweet, such as a taffy, that is eaten by chewing.
- Phillip purchased a bag of licorice chews at the drugstore.
- (informal, uncountable) Chewing tobacco.
- The school had banned chew and smokes from the school grounds, even for adults.
- (countable or uncountable) A plug or wad of chewing tobacco; chaw or a chaw.
- The ballplayers sat on the bench watching the rain, glumly working their chews.
- The first time he chewed tobacco, he swallowed his chew and got extremely sick.