WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
chew /tʃu/USA pronunciation
an act or instance of chewing.
something chewed or intended for chewing:a little chew of candy.
- to crush or grind (something) with the teeth: [~ + object]She was chewing gum.[no object]Don't chew with your mouth open.
- 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.
- [~ + object] to make by or as if by chewing: The puppy chewed a hole in the rug.
- 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.
- chew out, Slang. to scold harshly: [~ + out + object]The boss chewed out the sales manager.[~ + object + out]She really chewed him out for that.
- Idioms, Informal Termschew the fat or rag ,[Informal.]to converse in a relaxed or aimless manner;
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
chew /tʃuː/ vb
- to work the jaws and teeth in order to grind (food); masticate
- to bite repeatedly: she chewed her nails anxiously
- (intransitive) to use chewing tobacco
- chew the fat, chew the rag ⇒ slang to argue over a point
- to talk idly; gossip
Etymology: Old English ceowan; related to Old High German kiuwan, Dutch kauwen, Latin gingīva a gumˈchewable adj ˈchewer n
- the act of chewing
- something that is chewed
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