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Etymology

Old English ċēowan

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
chew

Plural
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  1. A small sweet, such as a taffy, that is eaten by chewing.
    Phillip purchased a bag of licorice chews at the drugstore.
  2. (informal, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Chewing tobacco.
    The school had banned chew and smokes from the school grounds, even for adults.
  3. (countable or Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A plug or wad of chewing tobacco; chaw or a chaw.
    The ballplayers sat on the bench watching the rain, glumly working their chews.
    The first time he chewed tobacco, he swallowed his chew and got extremely sick.

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Verb

Infinitive
to chew

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to chew (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To crush with the teeth by repeated closing and opening of the jaws; done to food to soften it and break it down by the action of saliva before it is swallowed.
    Make sure to chew thoroughly, and don't talk with your mouth full!
    The steak was tough to chew as it had been cooked too long.
  2. To grind, tear, or otherwise degrade or demolish something with teeth or as with teeth.
    He keep his feed in steel drums to prevent the mice from chewing holes in the feed-sacks.
    The harsh desert wind and sand had chewed the stump into ragged strips of wood.
  3. (informal) To think about something; to ponder; to chew over.
    The professor stood at the blackboard, chalk in hand, and chewed the question the student had asked.

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