From the past participle stem of post-Classical Latin masticō (“I chew”), from Ancient Greek μαστιχάω (mastikháō, “I grind the teeth”).
masticate (third-person singular simple present masticates, present participle masticating, simple past and past participle masticated)
- (transitive) To chew (food).
1832, Charles Dickens, chapter 4, in The Pickwick Papers:
The fat boy rose, opened his eyes, swallowed the huge piece of pie he had been in the act of masticating when he last fell asleep, and slowly obeyed his master’s orders.
1927-1929, Mahatma Gandhi, Mahadev Desai, transl., An Autobiography or The Story of my Experiments with Truth, published 1940:
The vegetables were not to be cooked but merely grated fine, if I could not masticate them.
The cow stood, quietly masticating its cud.
- (transitive) To grind or knead something into a pulp.
- past participle of masticar
- second-person plural present indicative of masticare
masticate f pl
- feminine plural of masticato
- second-person plural present active imperative of masticō