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
References in classic literature ?
Then there was a Mexican who sold big slabs of brown chewing taffy for five cents each.
My good Joe, if you were the immediate object of this chewing, you wouldn't find it so excellent.
Kutuzov was chewing a piece of roast chicken with difficulty and glanced at Wolzogen with eyes that brightened under their puckering lids.
Kutuzov ceased chewing and fixed an astonished gaze on Wolzogen, as if not understand what was said to him.
He was chewing a straw and he kept on chewing it while he looked solemnly at Anne.
Think how tired your jaws would get chewing a square meal like this, if it were not condensed to the size of a small tablet--which you can swallow in a jiffy.
Vronsky bowed, and Alexey Alexandrovitch, chewing his lips, lifted his hand to his hat and went on.
White Fang resisted, and he could feel the jaws shifting their grip, slightly relaxing and coming together again in a chewing movement.
He got hold toward the base where the neck comes out from the shoulders; but he did not know the chewing method of fighting, nor were his jaws adapted to it.
He cast himself on the grass by the Lock side, in an indolent way, with his back in that direction, and, having gathered a few blades, fell to chewing them.
Hows'ever, p'raps you call it so,' said Riderhood, stubbornly chewing his grass.
As Washington may be called the head-quarters of tobacco-tinctured saliva, the time is come when I must confess, without any disguise, that the prevalence of those two odious practices of chewing and expectorating began about this time to be anything but agreeable, and soon became most offensive and sickening.