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chew

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verb \ˈchü\

Simple Definition of chew

  • : to use your teeth to cut food into small pieces before you swallow it

  • : to bite on (something) repeatedly with the teeth

  • : to make (something, such as a hole) by chewing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chew

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to crush, grind, or gnaw (as food) with or as if with the teeth :  masticate

  3. 2 :  to injure, destroy, or consume as if by chewing —usually used with up <chewing up profits>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to chew something; specifically :  to chew tobacco

chewable

play \-ə-bəl\ adjective

chewer

noun

chewy

play \ˈchü-ē\ adjective

chew on

  1. :  to think about :  ponder <chewing on the new developments>

chew the fat

also

chew the rag

  1. :  to make friendly familiar conversation :  chat

Examples of chew in a sentence

  1. We were taught to chew our food thoroughly before swallowing.

  2. He chews with his mouth open.

  3. You're not allowed to chew gum in class.

  4. A mouse chewed through the cord.

  5. The dog chewed a hole in the rug.



Origin and Etymology of chew

Middle English, from Old English cēowan; akin to Old High German kiuwan to chew, Russian zhevat'


First Known Use: before 12th century


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chew

noun

Simple Definition of chew

  • : the act of chewing something

  • : something that a person or animal chews

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chew

  1. 1 :  the act of chewing

  2. 2 :  something for chewing

13th Century

First Known Use of chew

13th century



CHEW Defined for Kids

1

chew

play
verb \ˈchü\

Definition of chew for Students

chewed

chewing

  1. :  to crush or grind with the teeth <chewing food>




2

chew

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noun

Definition of chew for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of crushing or grinding with the teeth

  2. 2 :  something that a person or animal chews <a dog's rawhide chew>





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