To chew the cud
Cud Cud (k[u^]d), n. [AS. cudu, cwudu,cwidu,cweodo, of uncertain origin; cf, G. k["o]der bait, Icel. kvi[eth]r womb, Goth. qi[thorn]us. Cf. {Quid}.] 1. That portion of food which is brought up into the mouth by ruminating animals from their first stomach, to be chewed a second time. [1913 Webster]

Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is cloven-footed, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. --Levit. xi. 3 [1913 Webster]

2. A portion of tobacco held in the mouth and chewed; a quid. [Low] [1913 Webster]

3. The first stomach of ruminating beasts. --Crabb. [1913 Webster]

{To chew the cud}, to ruminate; to meditate; used with of; as, to chew the cud of bitter memories. [1913 Webster]

Chewed the thrice turned cud of wrath. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]


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  • To chew the cud — chew chew (ch[udd]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chewed} (ch[udd]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Chewing}.] [As ce[ o]wan, akin to D. kauwen, G. kauen. Cf. {Chaw}, {Jaw}.] 1. To bite and grind with the teeth; to masticate. [1913 Webster] 2. To ruminate mentally;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chew the cud — 1) if an animal chews the cud, it brings food that it has swallowed back into its mouth to chew again 2) informal if you chew the cud, you spend a long time thinking or talking about something …   English dictionary

  • chew the cud — informal to think about something carefully and for a long time. He sat chewing the cud all morning …   New idioms dictionary

  • chew the cud — verb to meditate or ponder before answering; to be deep in thought; to ruminate …   Wiktionary

  • chew the cud — idi +inf Informal. to meditate or ponder …   From formal English to slang

  • Cud — (k[u^]d), n. [AS. cudu, cwudu,cwidu,cweodo, of uncertain origin; cf, G. k[ o]der bait, Icel. kvi[eth]r womb, Goth. qi[thorn]us. Cf. {Quid}.] 1. That portion of food which is brought up into the mouth by ruminating animals from their first stomach …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chew — (ch[udd]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chewed} (ch[udd]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Chewing}.] [As ce[ o]wan, akin to D. kauwen, G. kauen. Cf. {Chaw}, {Jaw}.] 1. To bite and grind with the teeth; to masticate. [1913 Webster] 2. To ruminate mentally; to meditate …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chew — [[t]tʃu͟ː[/t]] chews, chewing, chewed 1) VERB When you chew food, you use your teeth to break it up in your mouth so that it becomes easier to swallow. [V n] Be certain to eat slowly and chew your food extremely well... [V at/on n] Daniel leaned… …   English dictionary

  • cud — [ kʌd ] noun uncount food that animals such as cows and sheep bring back into their mouths to CHEW again after they have swallowed it chew the cud 1. ) if an animal chews the cud, it brings food that it has swallowed back into its mouth to CHEW… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • chew — chew1 [tʃu:] v [: Old English; Origin: ceowan] 1.) [I and T] to bite food several times before swallowing it ▪ This meat s so tough I can hardly chew it! chew at/on ▪ a dog chewing on a bone 2.) [I and T] to bite something continuously in order… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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