chew

[choo]
verb (used with object)
1.
to crush or grind with the teeth; masticate.
2.
to crush, damage, injure, etc., as if by chewing (often followed 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 followed by over ): He chewed the problem over in his mind.
verb (used without object)
5.
to perform the act of crushing or grinding with the teeth.
6.
Informal. to chew tobacco.
7.
to meditate.
noun
8.
an act or instance of chewing.
9.
something chewed or intended for chewing: a chew of tobacco; taffy chews.
Verb phrases
10.
chew out, Slang. to scold harshly: The sergeant chewed out the recruits.
Idioms
11.
chew the fat, Informal. to converse at length in a relaxed manner; chat: They liked to sit around chewing the fat. Also, chew the rag.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English chewen, Old English cēowan; cognate with Old High German kiuwan (German kauen)

chewer, noun
unchewed, adjective
well-chewed, adjective

chews, choose.
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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.  (intr) to use chewing tobacco
4.  slang chew the fat, chew the rag
 a.  to argue over a point
 b.  to talk idly; gossip
 
n
5.  the act of chewing
6.  something that is chewed: a chew of tobacco
 
[Old English ceowan; related to Old High German kiuwan, Dutch kauwen, Latin gingīva a gum]
 
'chewable
 
adj
 
'chewer
 
n

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Word Origin & History

chew
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.
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Example sentences
Finally he could borrow no more rings, owing to his nervous habit of chewing
  them out of shape.
People often ask me how to keep pets from chewing on leaves or digging in the
  dirt of houseplants.
They easily breached that barrier by jumping onto the netting from a nearby
  tree and chewing their way through.
Everybody knows that chewing your food carefully is part of good table manners.
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