chew, chewing, mastication, manduction

(noun) biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow

chew, chaw, cud, quid, plug, wad

(noun) a wad of something chewable as tobacco

chew, masticate, manducate, jaw

(verb) chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth; “He jawed his bubble gum”; “Chew your food and don’t swallow it!”; “The cows were masticating the grass”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Proper noun

Chew (plural Chews)

A surname.

A river in Somerset, England


• According to the 2010 United States Census, Chew is the 3988th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 8905 individuals. Chew is most common among Asian/Pacific Islander (39.7%), White (37.73%), and Black/African American (14.54%) individuals.



chew (third-person singular simple present chews, present participle chewing, simple past chewed, past participle (rare) chewn or chewed)

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.

To grind, tear, or otherwise degrade or demolish something with teeth or as with teeth.

(informal) To think about something; to ponder; to chew over.


• (crush food with teeth prior to swallowing): bite, chavel, chomp, crunch, masticate

• (degrade or demolish as if with teeth): grind, pulverize, rip, shred, tear

• (think about): contemplate, ruminate, mull, muse, ponder

• See also ponder


chew (countable and uncountable, plural chews)

The act of chewing; mastication with the mouth.

Level of chewiness.

A small sweet, such as a taffy, that is eaten by chewing.

(informal, uncountable) Chewing tobacco.

(countable or uncountable) A plug or wad of chewing tobacco; chaw or a chaw.

(uncountable, informal) The condition of something being torn or ground up mechanically.

Source: Wiktionary

Chew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chewed; p. pr. & vb. n. Chewing.] Etym: [As ceówan, akin to D. kauwen, G. kauen. Cf. Chaw, Jaw.]

1. To bite and grind with the teeth; to masticate.

2. To ruminate mentally; to meditate on. He chews revenge, abjuring his offense. Prior. To chew the cud, to chew the food ocer again, as a cow; to ruminate; hence, to meditate. Every beast the parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat. Deut. xxiv. 6.

Chew, v. i.

Definition: To perform the action of biting and grinding with the teeth; to ruminate; to meditate. old politicians chew wisdom past. Pope.

Chew, n.

Definition: That which is chewed; that which is held in the mouth at once; a cud. [Law]

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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Coffee Trivia

Coffee dates back to the 9th century. Goat herders in Ethiopia noticed their goats seem to be “dancing” after eating berries from a particular shrub. They reported it to the local monastery, and a monk made a drink out of it. The monk found out he felt energized and kept him awake at night. That’s how the first coffee drink was born.

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