- 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.
- to perform the act of crushing or grinding with the teeth.
- Informal. to chew tobacco.
- to meditate.
- 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.
- 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
Related Words for chewedbite, gnaw, nibble, chomp, crunch, scrunch, rend, munch, gum, gulp, dispatch, masticate, chaw, champ, ruminate, manducate, ponder, consider, mull, deliberate
Examples from the Web for chewed
Contemporary Examples of chewed
But Young has chewed into each storyline with not just her teeth bared, but also her soul.How 'Scandal' Star Bellamy Young Transformed Mellie Into Fans' Favorite Character
April 17, 2014
As Washington chewed over the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal, the Treasury Department announced a walloping drop in red ink.This Is the Golden Age of Deficit Reduction
December 12, 2013
“No cephalopods were chewed in the making of this film,” Lane wanted the advisory to read.What Asian Film Remakes Like ‘Oldboy’ Get Wrong
November 26, 2013
I gather up my laptop and toss the mess of gum wrappers and chewed spearmint globs into the trash can.After War: Anger, Panic, and Sometimes Peace
June 26, 2013
Within three days, Solha had chewed through three leashes—one made of wire—and one harness.My Dog Solha: From Afghanistan, With PTSD
March 13, 2013
Historical Examples of chewed
And I was as blue a reporter of life as ever chewed his pencil.The Harbor
He chewed the end of a cigar, and continued walking up and down the roof.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
He dipped the onion, bit off a piece, and chewed it gravely.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
For two days, so Solon vows, they ate the herrin' and the other two they chewed the sticks.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
The Seneschal shrugged his shoulders, and chewed a second at his beard.St. Martin's Summer
- 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
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