Definition of


  1. (noun, act) biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
  2. (noun, food) a wad of something chewable as tobacco
  3. (verb, consumption) chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
    Chew your food and don't swallow it!
    The cows were masticating the grass

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Alternate forms of Chew

Derivations: chew, chewer, chewing, chewy

Hyponyms: champ, chaw, chomp, chomping, crunch, gnaw, gum, gumming, mumble, mumbling, munch, rumination

Hypernyms: bit, bite, change of state, grate, grind, morsel

Origin of the word Chew

  1. O.E. ceowan "to bite, chew," from W.Gmc. *keuwjanan, from PIE base *gjeu- "to chew." To chew (someone) out is military slang from World War II. Chewing gum is 1850, Amer.Eng., originally hardened secretions of the spruce tree. more

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