American English

Definition of chew verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chew
    he / she / it chews
    past simple chewed
    -ing form chewing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to bite food into small pieces in your mouth with your teeth to make it easier to swallow chew (at/on/through something) After the operation you may find it difficult to chew and swallow. chew something (up) teeth designed for chewing meat He is always chewing gum.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to bite something continuously, for example because you are nervous or to taste it chew on something Rosa chewed on her lip and stared at the floor. The dog was chewing on a bone. chew something to chew your nails
  3. Idioms
    bite off more than you can chew
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    to try to do too much, or something that is too difficult
    chew the fat (informal)
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    to have a long friendly talk with someone about something Randall stayed chewing the fat for a while. They met up once a year to chew the fat about the old days.
    Phrasal Verbschew somebody outchew somethingover
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: chew