To chew the cud


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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • chew the cud — 1. (of cows, etc) to masticate for a second time food that has already been swallowed and partly digested in the first stomach 2. To ruminate in thought (also chew over) • • • Main Entry: ↑chew chew the cud (informal) To meditate, to reflect • •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chew the cud — If you chew the cud, you think carefully about something …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • chew the cud — ► chew the cud think or talk reflectively. Main Entry: ↑cud …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 —    If you chew the cud, you think carefully about something.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Chew the cud —   If you chew the cud, you think carefully about something …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • chew the cud — Meaning Spend some time chatting. Origin Cows move their mouths when chewing the cud (grass) and give the appearance of talking …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • 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 — regurgitate the contents of the stomach and chew them again (done by cows and other ruminants) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • chew the cud — think or talk reflectively. → cud …   English new terms dictionary

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