- To chew; to mash food with one's teeth (especially of cud).
- To consume or digest food or comestibles; to feast upon.
- a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “Osee 7:14”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
- And thei crieden not to me in her herte, but ȝelliden in her beddis. Thei chewiden code on wheete, and wyn, and thei ȝeden awei fro me.
- And they didn't cry to me from their hearts; instead they whined in their beds. They chewed wheat and wine like cud, then they ran away from me.
- To ponder about; to think or reflect upon something.
- (rare) To grip or hold onto something with one's teeth.
- (rare) To destroy or injure; to harass or annoy.
It is entirely possible that this verb could have remained as a strong verb for some speakers, with a past singular *chew ( /ˈtʃɛu̯/) and a past participle *chowen. In Early Modern English, a past participle chewen appears; this could represent a continuation of *chowen or an innovation.
|1st person singular||chewe||chewede|
|2nd person singular||chewest||chewedest|
|3rd person singular||cheweth, cheweþ||chewede|
|chewende, chewinge||chewed, ychewed|