From Middle English fode, fude, from Old English fōda (“food”), from Proto-Germanic *fōdô (“food”), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- (“to guard, graze, feed”). Cognate with Scots fuid (“food”), Low German föde, vöde (“food”), Danish føde (“food”), Swedish föda (“food”), Icelandic fæða, fæði (“food”), Gothic 𐍆𐍉𐌳𐌴𐌹𐌽𐍃 (fōdeins, “food”), Latin pānis (“bread, food”), Latin pāscō (“feed, nourish”, v). Related to fodder, foster.
- (UK) enPR: fo͞od, IPA: /fuːd/, X-SAMPA: /fu:d/
- (US) enPR: fo͞od, IPA: /fud/, X-SAMPA: /fud/
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- Rhymes: -uːd
- (uncountable) Any substance that is or can be consumed by living organisms, especially by eating, in order to sustain life.
- The innkeeper brought them food and drink.
- (countable) A foodstuff.
- This shop stocks many hundreds of different foods.
- (uncountable, figuratively) Anything intended to supply energy or nourishment of an entity or idea.
- That is food for thought.
- This may prove food to my displeasure.
- In this moment there is life and food / For future years.
- Adjectives often applied to "food": raw, cooked, baked, fried, grilled, processed, healthy, unhealthy, wholesome, nutritious, safe, toxic, tainted, adulterated, tasty, delicious, fresh, stale, sweet, sour, spicy, exotic, marine.
- (substance consumed by living organisms): chow (slang), comestible (formal), eats (slang), feed (for domesticated animals), fodder (for domesticated animals), foodstuffs, nosh (slang), nourishment, sustenance, victuals
- (anything intended to supply energy or nourishment of an entity or idea): brainfood
- (foodstuff): foodstuff
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