[ food ]
/ fud /


any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.
more or less solid nourishment, as distinguished from liquids.
a particular kind of solid nourishment: a breakfast food; dog food.
whatever supplies nourishment to organisms: plant food.
anything serving for consumption or use: food for thought.

Origin of food

before 1000; Middle English fode, Old English fōda; compare Old English fēdan, Gothic fōdjan to feed; cf. fodder, foster


1 nutriment, aliment, bread, sustenance, victuals; meat, viands; diet, menu.

synonym study for food

1. Food, fare, provisions, ration ( s ) all refer to nutriment. Food is the general word: Breakfast foods have become very popular. Many animals prefer grass as food. Fare refers to the whole range of foods that may nourish a person or animal: an extensive bill of fare; The fare of some animals is limited in range. Provisions is applied to a store or stock of necessary things, especially food, prepared beforehand: provisions for a journey. Ration implies an allotment or allowance of provisions: a daily ration for each man of a company. Rations often means food in general: to be on short rations.


food·less, adjective food·less·ness, noun non·food, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for food

/ (fuːd) /


any substance containing nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, that can be ingested by a living organism and metabolized into energy and body tissue Related adjective: alimentary
nourishment in more or less solid form as opposed to liquid form food and drink
anything that provides mental nourishment or stimulus food for thought

Derived forms of food

foodless, adjective

Word Origin for food

Old English fōda; related to Old Frisian fōdia to nourish, feed, Old Norse fœthi, Gothic fōdeins food; see feed, fodder

Medical definitions for food

[ fōōd ]


Material, usually of plant or animal origin, that contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life.