1 [intransitive and transitive]
to bite food several times before swallowing it:
This meat's so tough I can hardly chew it!
a dog chewing on a bone
2 [intransitive and transitive]
to bite something continuously in order to taste it or because you are nervous
We gave the dog an old shoe to chew on.
if a cow or sheep chews the cud, it keeps biting on food it has brought up from its stomach
to have a long friendly conversation
➔ bite off more than you can chewat bite1 (10)
chew on somethingphrasal verb
to think carefully about something for a period of time
chew somebody ↔ outphrasal verb
John couldn't get the guy to cooperate and so I had to call and chew him out.
chew something ↔ overphrasal verb
Let me chew it over for a few days.
chew something ↔ upphrasal verb
to damage or destroy something by tearing it into small pieces:
Be careful if you use that video recorder. It tends to chew tapes up.
to bite something many times with your teeth so that you can make it smaller or softer and swallow it:
The dog's chewed up my slippers again.