WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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]
  • an act or instance of chewing.
  • something chewed or intended for chewing:a little chew of candy.
  • idiom
    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 © 2015
    chew  (cho̅o̅), 
    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.

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

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

    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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