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/ tʃu /
verb (used with object)
to crush or grind with the teeth; masticate.
to crush, damage, injure, etc., as if by chewing (often followed by up): The faulty paper feeder chewed the letters up.
to make by or as if by chewing: The puppy chewed a hole in my slipper.
to meditate on; consider deliberately (often followed by over): He chewed the problem over in his mind.
verb (used without object)
to perform the act of crushing or grinding with the teeth.
Informal. to chew tobacco.
an act or instance of chewing.
something chewed or intended for chewing: a chew of tobacco; taffy chews.
chew out, Slang. to scold harshly: The sergeant chewed out the recruits.
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chew the fat, Informal. to converse at length in a relaxed manner; chat: They liked to sit around chewing the fat.Also chew the rag.
Origin of chew
before 1000; Middle English chewen, Old English cēowan; cognate with Old High German kiuwan (German kauen)
Related formschew·er, nounun·chewed, adjectivewell-chewed, adjective
Can be confusedchews choose
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British Dictionary definitions for chew up (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
to damage or destroy (something) by or as by chewing or grinding
(usually passive) slang to cause (a person) to be nervous or worriedhe was all chewed up about the interview
British Dictionary definitions for chew up (2 of 2)
/ (tʃuː) /
to work the jaws and teeth in order to grind (food); masticate
to bite repeatedlyshe chewed her nails anxiously
(intr) to use chewing tobacco
chew the fat or chew the rag slang
- to argue over a point
- to talk idly; gossip
the act of chewing
something that is cheweda chew of tobacco
Derived Formschewable, adjectivechewer, noun
Word Origin for chew
Old English ceowan; related to Old High German kiuwan, Dutch kauwen, Latin gingīva a gum
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Idioms and Phrases with chew up
In addition to the idioms beginning with chew
- chew out
- chew the cud
- chew the fat
- bite off more than one can chew
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