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.


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Source: Wiktionary

Chaw, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chawed; p. pr. & vb. n. Chawing.] Etym: [See Chew.]

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


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