- The definition of masticate is to chew, or to grind something up.
- An example of masticate is to chew up a gummy bear.
- An example of masticate is to grind up paper into a pulp.
transitive verbmasticated, masticating
- to chew up (food, etc.)
- to grind, cut, or knead (rubber, etc.) to a pulp
Origin of masticate; from Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare, to chew ; from Classical Greek mastichan, to grind the teeth, gnash ; from mastax, a mouth, morsel ; from Indo-European base an unverified form menth-, to chew, mouth from source mouth, Classical Latin mandere, to chew
verbmas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing, mas·ti·cates
- To chew (food).
- To grind and knead (rubber, for example) into a pulp.
Origin of masticateLate Latin masticāre, masticāt-, to masticate, from Greek mastikhān, to grind the teeth.
(third-person singular simple present masticates, present participle masticating, simple past and past participle masticated)
From the past participle stem of post-Classical Latin masticō (“I chew”), from Ancient Greek μαστιχάω (mastikhaō, “I grind the teeth”).