chewing


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chew

 (cho͞o)
v. chewed, chew·ing, chews
v.tr.
1. To bite and grind with the teeth; masticate.
2. To meditate on; ponder: chew a problem over.
v.intr.
1. To make a crushing and grinding motion with the teeth.
2. To cogitate; meditate: chewed on the difficulties ahead.
3. Informal To chew tobacco as a habit.
n.
1. The act of chewing.
2. Something held in the mouth and chewed, especially a plug of tobacco.
Phrasal Verb:
chew out Slang
To reprimand; scold.
Idioms:
chew the cud Slang
To ponder over; meditate.
chew the fat/rag Slang
To talk together in a friendly, leisurely way; chat at length.

[Middle English cheuen, from Old English cēowan.]

chew′a·ble adj.
chew′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chewing - biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallowchewing - biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
change of state - the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
chomping - the act of chewing noisily
gumming, mumbling - ineffectual chewing (as if without teeth)
rumination - (of ruminants) chewing (the cud); "ruminants have remarkable powers of rumination"
eating, feeding - the act of consuming food
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This much-enduring man had succeeded in banishing chewing gum after a long and stormy war, had made a bonfire of the confiscated novels and newspapers, had suppressed a private post office, had forbidden distortions of the face, nicknames, and caricatures, and done all that one man could do to keep half a hundred rebellious girls in order.
Shimerda was baking bread, chewing poppy seeds as she worked.
A policeman, chewing stolidly, nodded toward an elevator shaft, and other policemen nodded him further on to the office of the district attorney.
Who, now, that saw him pass in the procession, would think how little while it is since he went forth out of his study -- chewing a Hebrew text of Scripture in his mouth, I warrant -- to take an airing in the forest
He studied the composition of food-stuffs, and knew exactly how many proteids and carbohydrates his body needed; and by scientific chewing he said that he tripled the value of all he ate, so that it cost him eleven cents a day.
Wilson sat down to a table, and began nervously chewing the handle of his umbrella.
muttered Cathy, chewing her lip to prevent another burst of emotion.
Having thus given his parent God speed, young Jerry seated himself on the stool, entered on his reversionary interest in the straw his father had been chewing, and cogitated.
Instead of that," said I, plucking up more grass and chewing a blade or two, "see how I am going on.
The gun-bullocks lay down together and began chewing the cud, but the young mule huddled close to Billy.
After him from the brake came a monstrous lout, a thing of horse and rhinoceros, chewing a straw as it came; then appeared the Swine-woman and two Wolf-women; then the Fox-bear witch, with her red eyes in her peaked red face, and then others,--all hurrying eagerly.
Some talked of gray, bewhiskered hordes who were advancing with relentless curses and chewing tobacco with unspeakable valor; tremendous bodies of fierce soldiery who were sweeping along like the Huns.