Grammar Patterns

V at n

II.9 The 'chew' group

These verbs are concerned with biting or consuming something. We include here puff, which is concerned with smoking.
He chewed at the end of his pencil, thinking out the next problem.
It was winter and the sparrows were pecking at whatever they could find under the trees.
The men puffed at their cigars.
He sipped at his coffee and spread butter and marmalade on a roll.
  • chew
  • gnaw
  • nibble
  • nip
  • peck
  • pick
  • puff
  • sip
  • snap
  • suck
  • chomp away
  • munch away
  • nibble away
  • puff away
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