chew: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ch), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to crush or grind with the teeth; masticate.
  2. to crush, damage, injure, etc., as if by chewing (often fol. 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 fol. by over): He chewed the problem over in his mind.
  1. to perform the act of crushing or grinding with the teeth.
  2. to chew tobacco.
  3. to meditate.
  4. to scold harshly: The sergeant chewed out the recruits.
  5. to converse at length in a relaxed manner; chat: They liked to sit around chewing the fat.
  1. an act or instance of chewing.
  2. something chewed or intended for chewing: a chew of tobacco; taffy chews.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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