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

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Woewiyu, dressed in a dark suit and red tie, looked relaxed during much of Tuesday’s proceedings, leaning back in his chair, chewing gum, and occasionally pausing to whisper to Henry and co-counsel Mark Wilson. Jeremy Roebuck,, "Lawyers for Delco Liberian accused of hiding record of war crimes say convicting him won't change the past," 12 June 2018 The singer-musician-producer sauntered on stage, as if by accident, looking casual and, as Lorde gasped at, chewing gum. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "Lorde Stuns, Covers St. Vincent At Melodrama Tour Stop In Brooklyn: Recap," 5 Apr. 2018 The wealthy city-state of 5.5 million famously fines people thousands of dollars for littering, has banned chewing gum from the streets and still uses caning as a punishment for minor crimes. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "Why was Singapore chosen for Trump-Kim summit? High security," 8 June 2018 Drivers can also call a family member or friend to pick them up, caffeinate, stretch or eat a peppermint candy or chewing gum. Sarah Brookbank,, "Police: NB Central Parkway shut down after driver falls asleep, crashes into pole," 11 July 2018 The group offers regular counseling sessions, nicotine patches and chewing gum. Elena Berton, USA TODAY, "The French still love their cigarettes. But the once chic image is going up in smoke," 2 July 2018 Those shopping bags on the floor, sent by the German artist Maria Eichhorn, are filled with empty tea boxes, plastic water bottles, and chewing gum wrappers discarded by people installing the show, a kind of behind-the-scenes gallery diary. Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, "Swiss Institute Has a New Home Ready-Made for Art," 28 June 2018 The building, which was declared a landmark in 2012, was the headquarters of the chewing gum giant, Wrigley Company, for many years. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Chicago's landmark Wrigley building expected to sell for $255 million," 19 May 2018 Many years ago, the gum industry began offering the weight-conscious man a handy alternative to eating strawberry shortcake: chewing gum that tastes like strawberry shortcake, which is definitely just as good. Dayna Evans, GQ, "There Are Too Many Flavors and It Has Turned the Snack Industry Into a Vicious Hellscape," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chewing gum

1850, in the meaning defined above

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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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