chew

verb
\ ˈchü How to pronounce chew (audio) \
chewed; chewing; chews

Definition of chew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to chew something specifically : to chew tobacco
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

chew

noun

Definition of chew (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of chewing
2 : something for chewing

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Other Words from chew

Verb

chewable \ ˈchü-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce chewable (audio) \ adjective
chewer noun
chewy \ ˈchü-​ē How to pronounce chewy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of chew in a Sentence

Verb

We were taught to chew our food thoroughly before swallowing. He chews with his mouth open. You're not allowed to chew gum in class. A mouse chewed through the cord. The dog chewed a hole in the rug.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

They’ve been chewed up by the fame industry and now they’re being resurrected. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Miley Cyrus performs as Black Mirror persona Ashley O at Glastonbury Festival," 1 July 2019 Some people eat and actually swallow chalk (which is not recommended) — others just record themselves chewing and crunching on the bulky sticks. Annie Vainshtein, SFChronicle.com, "How to ‘eat’ makeup: An ASMR artist reveals her tricks," 27 June 2019 Some dogs with more severe separation anxiety rip up carpet, chew on walls and even bust out windows. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Why does my dog wait to eat his treat until I get home? Turns out I'm kind of a big deal," 27 June 2019 But Illinois has a habit of chewing up and spitting out governors. The Economist, "More liberal, functional Illinois," 21 June 2019 Although the Razorbacks struggled against their SEC West competition last year, Ragnow stood strong against an Alabama defensive line that chewed up far better teams and largely had its way with the Razorbacks in a 41–9 win. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The First Round NFL Draft Picks You Didn't See in Bowl Games," 27 Apr. 2018 Thiem casually sat in his gray sideline seat, bounced his legs and chewed on an energy bar, furtively glancing at Nadal. Howard Fendrich, Twin Cities, "Dirty dozen: Rafael Nadal wins 12th French Open for 18th Slam title," 9 June 2019 That tells researchers that T. rex chewed its food, rather than swallowing it whole. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Here Are 12 Things You Might Miss in the Smithsonian’s New Fossil Hall," 7 June 2019 These are four world-class leagues that no other country has and that chew up the calendar so completely that in October all four of them are going simultaneously. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: World Cup 2018 fever finds an unlikely patient," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Then, there are the dozens of different types of sweet-hot-tart Mexican candy, including chews and gummies. Daniela Galarza, New York Times, "‘Tajín Is a Lifestyle’: An Appreciation of the Mexican Seasoning Mix," 10 June 2019 Most boxes are stocked with two treats from conscientious brands—like Portland’s Cycle Dog and California’s Bobby + Bambi’s—two toys, and a chew or stylish accessory (hello, bandanas!). Sunset, "10 Best Healthy Pet Treats," 22 Jan. 2018 Use buttercream to attach a pink Necco wafer or a small circle of pink fruit chew for the snout, then pipe small brown buttercream vertical lines for nostrils. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Animal Cupcakes," 7 Mar. 2019 The Vertical event is the high-jump—a dog runs and leaps for a chew toy suspended just off the dock and raised with each round of competition. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "This Whippet Is One of the World's Great Athletes," 18 June 2018 Adults skeletonize leaves, chew flowers, and may completely defoliate plants while larvae feed on lawn and garden plant roots. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The 10 Most Destructive Garden Insects and How to Get Rid of Them," 10 July 2018 With wonderful, affordable wines and classic cocktails to go alongside perfect chew-to-crust ratio pies, this takes a great dinner and movie night up a level further. Krista Simmons, Condé Nast Traveler, "35 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles," 27 Feb. 2018 Problem #4: His training pad has basically become a chew toy. Good Housekeeping, "4 Smart Fixes for Your Biggest Puppy Potty Training Problems," 22 Mar. 2016 The chews grew quickly in popularity and now make up about 84 percent of her business, Hoffman said. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Washington to ‘reevaluate’ marijuana edibles, crack down on products that might appeal to kids," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of chew

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chew

Verb

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

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Chewa

chewet

chewing gum

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chew

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chew (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of chewing something
: something that a person or animal chews

chew

verb
\ ˈchü How to pronounce chew (audio) \
chewed; chewing

Kids Definition of chew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to crush or grind with the teeth chewing food

chew

noun

Kids Definition of chew (Entry 2 of 2)

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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