chew, chaw, cud, quid, plug, wad
(noun) a wad of something chewable as tobacco
(verb) chew without swallowing; “chaw tobacco”
Source: WordNet® 3.1
chaw (plural chaws)
(informal, uncountable) Chewing tobacco.
(countable) A plug or wad of chewing tobacco.
(obsolete) The jaw.
chaw (third-person singular simple present chaws, present participle chawing, simple past and past participle chawed)
(archaic or nonstandard) To chew; to grind with one's teeth; to masticate (food, or the cud)
(obsolete, transitive) To ruminate (about) in thought; to ponder; to consider
(UK, slang) To steal.
• WHCA, Wach
Chaw, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chawed; p. pr. & vb. n. Chawing.] Etym:
1. To grind with the teeth; to masticate, as food in eating; to chew,
as the cud; to champ, as the bit.
The trampling steed, with gold and purple trapped, Chawing the foamy
bit, there fiercely stood. Surrey.
2. To ruminate in thought; to consider; to keep the mind working
upon; to brood over. Dryden.
Note: A word formerly in good use, but now regarded as vulgar.
Chaw, n. Etym: [See Chaw, v. t.]
1. As much as is put in the mouth at once; a chew; a quid. [Law]
2. Etym: [Cf. Jaw.]
Definition: The jaw. [Obs.] Spenser. Chaw bacon, a rustic; a bumpkin; a
lout. (Law) -- Chaw tooth, a grinder. (Law)
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition