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food Syllabification: food

Definition of food in English:


Any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth: we need food and water they had eaten their food and slept baby foods [as modifier]: food shortages figurative music is food for the soul
More example sentences
  • They know how to prepare wholesome, delicious food themselves.
  • I went to the grocery store that day and bought nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables and grains.
  • She ate a lot of processed snack foods and the same big dinner every night and still felt hungry.
nourishment, sustenance, nutriment, fare;
bread, daily bread;
cooking, cuisine;
foodstuffs, edibles, provender, refreshments, meals, provisions, rations;
informal eats, eatables, nosh, grub, chow, nom noms
formal comestibles
literary viands
dated victuals
archaic commons, meat, aliment
fodder, feed, provender, forage


food for thought
Something that warrants serious consideration.
Example sentences
  • Although she had been quickly brought back, the incident would nonetheless provide some food for thought.
  • And this recent Reason magazine editorial provides ample food for thought about Raed.
  • And it provides plenty of food for thought for those writers who are wondering what it is that holds readers to the page.


Late Old English fōda, of Germanic origin; related to fodder.

  • Recorded since the beginning of the 11th century, food is related to fodder (Old English) and foster (Old English), originally found in the sense ‘feed, nourish’. It can refer to mental as well as physical nourishment—the expression food for thought to indicate something that deserves serious consideration has been in use since the early 19th century. Cannon fodder for soldiers regarded as expendable dates from the First World War.

Words that rhyme with food

allude, brood, collude, conclude, crude, delude, dude, elude, étude, exclude, extrude, exude, feud, illude, include, intrude, Jude, lewd, mood, nude, obtrude, occlude, Oudh, preclude, protrude, prude, pseud, pultrude, rood, rude, seclude, shrewd, snood, transude, unglued, unsubdued, who'd, you'd
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