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

In April 2017, he was sentenced to six months in jail after admitting to using counterfeit $50 bills to pay for chewing tobacco, lottery tickets and other items in Hillsboro and Beaverton. oregonlive.com, "Colt Lyerla, former Oregon Ducks football player, accused of attacking girlfriend," 19 June 2019 The city council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday night that would prohibit the sale of various nicotine-laden products, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes. Vandana Ravikumar, USA TODAY, "Smokers, beware: Beverly Hills says it is the first US city to ban tobacco sales," 5 June 2019 Photo: Indian Coast Guard/Reuters Many of the Jarawas started chewing tobacco and consuming salt after coming into contact with the outside world, experts said. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, "The Struggle to Retrieve Slain American Missionary’s Body From a Remote Island," 27 Nov. 2018 Even so, this upsetting documentary offers plenty to chew on. Christopher Dillon Quinn, New York Times, "Review: ‘Eating Animals’ Skewers Factory Farming," 14 June 2018 The trees also die if water runs dry, or if too many salts accumulate in the soil, or if a new pest starts chewing on its leaves. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Are Avocados Toast?," 24 May 2018 All of which is to say this: the wild west genre-mashup went in wild new directions this week, spawning a whole host of new reveals and theories worth chewing on. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld' Answers a Shocking "Riddle" About the Series," 13 May 2018 Plus, her portrayal of Tonya Harding's mother LaVona Golden is a scenery-chewing delight, while Metcalf's role in Lady Bird is a little more subtle and quiet. Tyler Coates, Esquire, "If The Golden Globes Get It Right, This Year Belongs to Get Out and Call Me By Your Name," 5 Jan. 2018 Other times, it was strictly chewed for recreational purposes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Turns Out You Can Learn a Lot from 10,000-Year-Old Chewing Gum," 16 May 2019

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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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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