Chaw v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chawed p. pr. & vb. n. Chawing.]
1. To grind with the teeth; to masticate, as food in eating; to chew, as the cud; to champ, as the bit.
The trampling steed, with gold and purple trapped,
Chawing the foamy bit, there fiercely stood. --Surrey.
2. To ruminate in thought; to consider; to keep the mind working upon; to brood over.
Note: A word formerly in good use, but now regarded as vulgar.
1. As much as is put in the mouth at once; a chew; a quid. [Law]
2. The jaw. [Obs.]
Chaw bacon, a rustic; a bumpkin; a lout. Law
Chaw tooth, a grinder. Law
n : a wad of something chewable as tobacco [syn: chew, cud,
quid, plug, wad]
v : chew without swallowing; "chawtobacco"