chew

[choo] /tʃu/
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)
Related forms
chewer, noun
unchewed, adjective
well-chewed, adjective
Can be confused
chews, choose.
British Dictionary definitions for chew over
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

chew over
 
vb
(tr, adverb) to consider carefully; ruminate on

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Word Origin and History for chew over
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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Slang related to chew over

chew

noun

: He had big chew in his cheek (1920s+)

verb
  1. To chew tobacco (1930s+)
  2. To eat (1890+)
  3. (also chew over) To talk; converse; discuss; jaw : We got together to chew about the election/ Drop up and chew it over (1890s+)

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