chew etymology

English word chew comes from Proto-Indo-European *ǵyewh₁-, and later Proto-Germanic *kewwaną (To chew.)

Detailed word origin of chew

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ǵyewh₁- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kewwaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To chew.
ċēowan Old English (ang)
ceowan Old English (ang) To chew.
chewen Middle English (enm)
chew English (eng) (countable, or, uncountable) A plug or wad of chewing tobacco; chaw or a chaw.. (informal, uncountable) Chewing tobacco.. A small sweet, such as a taffy, that is eaten by chewing.. The act of chewing; mastication with the mouth. (informal) To think about something; to ponder; to chew over.. To crush with the teeth by repeated closing and opening of the jaws; done to food to soften it and [...]

Words with the same origin as chew

Descendants of *ǵyewh₁-
cake cakes cheek cheeky cheesecake choke cupcake fruitcake jaw pancake