- (countable) A small sweet, such as a taffy, that is eaten by chewing.
- 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.
- (countable or uncountable) 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 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!
- The steak was tough to as it had been cooked too long.
- 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.
- (context, colloquial) 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.
Etymology: Old English ÄÄowan
- French: mí¢cher
- German: kauen
- Italian: masticare
- Spanish: masticar
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