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Verb. Now colloquial & dialectical. Late Middle English.
1 verb trans & intrans. Chew, now especially without intending to swallow and in a vulgar manner. LME
1(b) verb trans. Bite (a bullet) to make it jagged. Chiefly as chawed participial adjective. M17-M19
2 verb trans. figurative. Brood over, ruminate on. M16
If there's one thing I can't stand, it's vulgar chewing; I've italicised the word vulgar from the OED's definition because it's so fitting. To this day, I've remembered the moment from years ago that I met two people that chawed on gum constantly throughout our introduction, with open mouths and vapid eyes, and I don't think I've ever forgiven them for their vulgar mastications.
Chaw - is it not the most perfect word for something so stomach-churningly vulgar?
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