When you chew, you use your teeth to grind up food before you swallow it. It can be pretty unpleasant to watch your brother chew his pizza with his mouth open.

Usually when people chew, they chew up a bite of food or chew on a candy bar. You can also chew your nails or chew your lower lip — you're not actually eating something, but just using your teeth to gnaw or bite. You can also use the word chew figuratively, to mean "think or mull over." It comes from an Old English root, ceowan, "to gnaw or chew."

Definitions of chew
  1. verb
    chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
    synonyms: jaw, manducate, masticate
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    champ, chomp
    chew noisily
    chafe at the bit, like horses
    gum, mumble
    grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty
    chew without swallowing
    crunch, munch
    chew noisily
    bite or chew on with the teeth
    type of:
    grate, grind
    make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
  2. noun
    biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
    synonyms: chewing, manduction, mastication
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    the act of chewing noisily
    gumming, mumbling
    ineffectual chewing (as if without teeth)
    (of ruminants) chewing (the cud)
    type of:
    change of state
    the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
  3. noun
    a wad of something chewable as tobacco
    synonyms: chaw, cud, plug, quid, wad
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    type of:
    bit, bite, morsel
    a small amount of solid food; a mouthful
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