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chew /tʃu/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to crush or grind (something) with the teeth: [+ object]She was chewing gum.[no object]Don't chew with your mouth open.
  2. to tear or mangle, as if by chewing: [+ up + object]The sorting machine chewed up the letters.[+ object + up]The machine just chewed them up.
  3. [+ object] to make by or as if by chewing: The puppy chewed a hole in the rug.
  4. to think about;
    meditate on;
    consider at length: [+ object (+ over)]to chew a problem over in one's mind.[ ~ (+ over) + obj]:The more you chew over this problem, the worse it will seem.[+ on + object]He chewed on it briefly, then spoke up.
  5. chew out, Slang. to scold harshly: [+ out + object]The boss chewed out the sales manager.[+ object + out]She really chewed him out for that.

n. [countable]
  1. an act or instance of chewing.
  2. something chewed or intended for chewing:a little chew of candy.
  1. Idioms, Informal Termschew the fat or rag ,[Informal.]to converse in a relaxed or aimless manner;

chew•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
chew  (cho̅o̅),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to crush or grind with the teeth;
  2. to crush, damage, injure, etc., as if by chewing (often fol. by up):The faulty paper feeder chewed the letters up.
  3. to make by or as if by chewing:The puppy chewed a hole in my slipper.
  4. to meditate on;
    consider deliberately (often fol. by over):He chewed the problem over in his mind.

  1. to perform the act of crushing or grinding with the teeth.
  2. Informal Termsto chew tobacco.
  3. to meditate.
  4. chew out, [Slang.]to scold harshly:The sergeant chewed out the recruits.
  5. Informal Terms, Idiomschew the fat, to converse at length in a relaxed manner;
    chat:They liked to sit around chewing the fat.Also,  chew the rag. 

  1. an act or instance of chewing.
  2. something chewed or intended for chewing:a chew of tobacco; taffy chews.
chewer, n. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English chewen, Old English cēowan; cognate with Old High German kiuwan (German kauen)

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

chew /tʃuː/ vb
  1. to work the jaws and teeth in order to grind (food); masticate
  2. to bite repeatedly: she chewed her nails anxiously
  3. (intransitive) to use chewing tobacco
  4. chew the fat, chew the ragslang to argue over a point
  5. to talk idly; gossip
  1. the act of chewing
  2. something that is chewed
Etymology: Old English ceowan; related to Old High German kiuwan, Dutch kauwen, Latin gingīva a gum

ˈchewable adj ˈchewer n

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