(countable) A small sweet, such as a taffy, that is eaten by chewing.
verb Phillip purchased a bag of licorice chews at the drugstore.
(context, informal, uncountable) chewing tobacco, Chewing tobacco.
The school had banned and smokes from the school grounds, even for adults.The ballplayers sat on the bench watching the rain, glumly working their chews.
(countable or uncountable) A plug or wad of chewing tobacco; chaw or a chaw.
The first time he chewed tobacco, he swallowed his and got extremely sick.''
- To crush with the tooth, 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 thoroughly, and don't talk with your mouth full!Translations:
The steak was tough to as it had been cooked too long.
He keep his feed in steel drums to prevent the mice from chewing holes in the feed-sacks.
- To grind, tear, or otherwise degrade or demolish something with teeth or as with teeth.
The harsh desert wind and sand had chewed the stump into ragged strips of wood.
The professor stood at the blackboard, chalk in hand, and chewed the question the student had asked.
(context, colloquial) To think about something; to ponder; to chew over.
Etymology: Old English ÄÄowan
- French: mí¢cher
- German: kauen
- Italian: masticare
- Spanish: masticar
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