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verb (used with or without object), mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing.
  1. to chew.
  2. to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber.
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Origin of masticate

1640–50; < Late Latin masticātus, past participle of masticāre to chew. See mastic, -ate1
Related formsmas·ti·ca·ble [mas-ti-kuh-buh l] /ˈmæs tɪ kə bəl/, adjectivemas·ti·ca·tion, nounmas·ti·ca·tor, nounhalf-mas·ti·cat·ed, adjectivere·mas·ti·cate, verb, re·mas·ti·cat·ed, re·mas·ti·cat·ing.re·mas·ti·ca·tion, nounun·mas·ti·cat·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Yes, Masticator was going too far—and how had he managed to tamper with my index?

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  • "But, nevertheless, Masticator will have gained his point," he said.

  • No; Masticator was not doing it right; he was taking too many sudden liberties, not only with the language, but with myself.

  • The secretary of Masticator was at the steps of the car and presented me at once to a most lovely girl.

  • It may befall that even such giant operators as Masticator B. Fellows find themselves embarrassed.

British Dictionary definitions for masticator


  1. to chew (food)
  2. to reduce (materials such as rubber) to a pulp by crushing, grinding, or kneading
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Derived Formsmasticable, adjectivemastication, nounmasticator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin masticāre, from Greek mastikhan to grind the teeth
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Word Origin and History for masticator



1640s, back-formation from mastication, or else from Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare "to chew." Related: Masticated; masticating.

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masticator in Medicine


  1. To chew food.
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Related formsmas′ti•cation n.
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