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chew

verb \ ˈchü \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of chew

1 : to crush, grind, or gnaw (something, such as food) with or as if with the teeth : masticate
2 : to injure, destroy, or consume as if by chewing usually used with up
  • chewing up profits
: to chew something; specifically : to chew tobacco

chewable

play \-ə-bəl\ adjective

chewer

noun

chewy

play \ˈchü-ē\ adjective
chew on
: to think about : ponder
  • chewing on the new developments
chew the fat or less commonly chew the rag
: 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.

Recent Examples of chew from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of chew

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


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chew

noun

Definition of chew

1 : the act of chewing
2 : something for chewing

Recent Examples of chew from the Web

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First Known Use of chew

13th century



CHEW Defined for English Language Learners

chew

Definition of chew for English Language Learners

  • : 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


chew

Definition of chew for English Language Learners

  • : the act of chewing something

  • : something that a person or animal chews


CHEW Defined for Kids

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chew

verb \ ˈchü \

Definition of chew for Students

chewed; chewing
: to crush or grind with the teeth
  • chewing food

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chew

noun

Definition of chew for Students

1 : the act of crushing or grinding with the teeth
2 : something that a person or animal chews
  • a dog's rawhide chew


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