verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of chew
Examples from the Web for chew
She narrowed her eyes, bit her lip as if to chew over the question, and whisked some stray blond hairs away from her face.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Was it, as some former employees allege, that the bosses bit off more than they could chew?
We continuously pause to pull them out while Zalwar Khan and his companion smirk at us and chew unbothered.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She stares at me like I've asked her how she learned to chew solid food.
They chew this thing, a real thing, they do this until they foam at the mouth.
There was, however, usually something else to be done, for there was always their cud to chew.Among the Farmyard People|Clara Dillingham Pierson
The fisherman stared at the barometer, bit off a chew, and grinned.The Viking Blood|Frederick William Wallace
They chew Tomahawk, rough and ready preferred, Mr. Doubleday.Held for Orders|Frank H. Spearman
You shall dig up old bones stealthily at night, and chew them against famine.Irish Fairy Tales|James Stephens
If you shay it different, I'll chew your head like an apple caught in the crack of a door.The Little Clay Cart|(Attributed To) King Shudraka
- to argue over a point
- to talk idly; gossip
Word Origin for chew
Old English ceowan "to bite, gnaw, chew," from West Germanic *keuwwan (cf. Middle Low German keuwen, Dutch kauwen, Old High German kiuwan, German kauen), from PIE root *gyeu- "to chew" (cf. Old Church Slavonic živo "to chew," Lithuanian žiaunos "jaws," Persian javidan "to chew").
Figurative sense of "to think over" is from late 14c.; to chew the rag "discusss some matter" is from 1885, apparently originally British army slang. Related: Chewed; chewing. To chew (someone) out (1948) probably is military slang from World War II. Chewing gum is by 1843, American English, originally hardened secretions of the spruce tree.
c.1200, "an act of chewing," from chew (v.). Meaning "wad of tobacco chewed at one time" is from 1725; as a kind of chewy candy, by 1906.
In addition to the idioms beginning with chew
- chew out
- chew the cud
- chew the fat
- bite off more than one can chew