chewing gum


Definition of chewing gum

: a sweetened and flavored insoluble plastic material (such as a preparation of chicle) used for chewing

Examples of chewing gum in a Sentence

a piece of chewing gum
Recent Examples on the Web Passing street-hawkers pause at the tables to offer everything from fried plantain to cigarettes, chewing gum, roasted caterpillars and plywood chess boards. The Economist, "Making sculpture out of bullets in Kinshasa," 21 Nov. 2019 Other studies have shown that the act of chewing gum boosts the flow of blood to the brain by 25 to 40 percent and improves cognitive performance. Alex Kuczynski, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Silicon Valley's Dangerous New Obsession With Fasting," 17 Aug. 2019 The United States needs to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. Josh Rogin, The Denver Post, "Rogin: Trump and McConnell are failing Hong Kong," 7 Nov. 2019 While there’s always a risk that a very small child could be poisoned by nicotine by accidentally chewing gum or putting on a patch, that risk is the same as when NRTs are prescribed to adults. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Doctors are prescribing off-label nicotine replacements for teens addicted to vaping," 3 Oct. 2019 Street vendors hawk a rainbow of chewing gums, flamboyant handicrafts and a wild kingdom of balloons. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, "In central Mexico, a retreat that’s perfect for families," 14 June 2019 In 2007, a boy in Finland found chewing gum made from birch bark that was 5,000 years old. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Turns Out You Can Learn a Lot from 10,000-Year-Old Chewing Gum," 16 May 2019 And what’s all this high-minded pontificating on shareholders and stakeholders, as if CEOs are incapable of walking and chewing gum at the same time? Los Angeles Times, "Column: CEOs say they care about customers and workers. Propaganda experts are unimpressed," 21 Aug. 2019 There’s a reason most of us enjoy mint in our toothpaste and chewing gum. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of chewing gum

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chewing gum was in 1850

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27 Nov 2019

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“Chewing gum.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of chewing gum

: a type of soft candy that you chew on but do not swallow

chewing gum

chew·​ing gum | \ ˈchü-iŋ- \

Kids Definition of chewing gum

: a sweetened and flavored soft material (as of chicle) that is chewed but not swallowed

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