Chew meaning

cho͝o
(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.

verb
5
0
To cogitate; meditate.

Chewed on the difficulties ahead.

verb
1
0
To bite and grind with the teeth; masticate.
verb
0
0
To meditate on; ponder.

Chew a problem over.

verb
0
0
To make a crushing and grinding motion with the teeth.
verb
0
0
Advertisement
To chew tobacco as a habit.
verb
0
0
The act of chewing.
noun
0
0
Something held in the mouth and chewed, especially a plug of tobacco.
noun
0
0
To bite and grind or crush with the teeth; masticate.
verb
0
0
To damage or destroy as by chewing; mangle, hack, etc.
verb
0
0
Advertisement
To chew something.
verb
0
0
To chew tobacco.
verb
0
0
The act of chewing.
noun
0
0
Something chewed or for chewing; specif., a portion of tobacco for chewing.
noun
0
0
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.

verb
0
0
Advertisement
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.

verb
0
0
A small sweet, such as a taffy, that is eaten by chewing.

Phillip purchased a bag of licorice chews at the drugstore.

noun
0
0
(informal, uncountable) Chewing tobacco.

The school had banned chew and smokes from the school grounds, even for adults.

noun
0
0
(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.

noun
0
0
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.

verb
0
1
Advertisement
chew the cud
  • To ponder over; meditate.
idiom
0
0
chew the fat
  • To talk together in a friendly, leisurely way; chat at length.
idiom
0
0
chew out
  • To rebuke severely; reprimand.
idiom
0
0
chew over
  • To think over; consider.
  • To discuss at length.
idiom
0
0
chew the fat
  • To converse idly; chat.
idiom
0
0
Advertisement
chew the scenery
  • To overact, as in a play or film.
idiom
0
0

Origin of chew

  • Middle English cheuen from Old English cēowan
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English chewen, from Old English ċēowan, from Proto-Germanic *kewwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵyewh₁- (compare Latin gingīva (“gums”), Tocharian B śuwaṃ (“to eat”), Polish żuję (“I chew”), Persian جویدن (ǰavīdan), Pashto [script?] (žovạl, “to bite, gnaw”)).
    From Wiktionary