Eating



[ee-ting] /ˈi tɪŋ/

noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that eats.
2.
food with reference to its quality or tastiness when eaten:
This fish is delicious eating.
adjective
3.
good or fit to eat, especially raw (distinguished from ):
eating apples.
4.
used in eating:
eating utensils.
[eet] /it/
verb (used with object), ate [eyt; especially British et] /eɪt; especially British ɛt/ (Show IPA) or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] /ɛt, it/ (Show IPA), eaten or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] /ɛt, it/ (Show IPA), eating.
1.
to take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment; chew and swallow (food).
2.
to consume by or as if by devouring gradually; wear away; corrode:
The patient was eaten by disease and pain.
3.
to make (a hole, passage, etc.), as by gnawing or corrosion.
4.
to ravage or devastate:
a forest eaten by fire.
5.
to use up, especially wastefully; consume (often followed by up):
Unexpected expenses have been eating up their savings.
6.
to absorb or pay for:
The builder had to eat the cost of the repairs.
7.
Slang: Vulgar. to perform cunnilingus or fellatio on.
verb (used without object), ate [eyt; especially British et] /eɪt; especially British ɛt/ (Show IPA) or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] /ɛt, it/ (Show IPA), eaten or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] /ɛt, it/ (Show IPA), eating.
8.
to consume ; take a meal:
We’ll eat at six o’clock.
9.
to make a way, as by gnawing or corrosion:
Acid ate through the linoleum.
noun
10.
eats, Informal. .
Verb phrases
11.
eat away/into, to destroy gradually, as by erosion:
For eons, the pounding waves ate away at the shoreline.
12.
eat out, to have a meal at a restaurant rather than at home.
13.
eat up,

Idioms
14.
be eating someone, Informal. to worry, annoy, or bother:
Something seems to be eating him—he’s been wearing a frown all day.
15.
eat crow. 1 (def 7).
16.
eat high off the hog. (def 16).
17.
eat humble pie. (def 3).
18.
eat in, to eat or dine at home.
19.
eat one’s heart out. (def 26).
20.
eat one’s terms. (def 17).
21.
eat one’s words. (def 16).
22.
eat out of one’s hand. (def 49).
23.
eat someone out of house and home, to eat so much as to strain someone’s resources of food or money:
A group of hungry teenagers can eat you out of house and home.
24.
eat someone’s lunch, Slang. to thoroughly defeat, outdo, injure, etc.
25.
eat the wind out of, Nautical. to blanket (a sailing vessel sailing close-hauled) by sailing close on the weather side of.
/ˈiːtɪŋ/
noun
1.
food, esp in relation to its quality or taste: this fruit makes excellent eating
adjective
2.
relating to or suitable for eating, esp uncooked: eating pears
3.
relating to or for eating: an eating house
/iːt/
verb eats, eating, ate, eaten
1.
to take into the mouth and swallow (food, etc), esp after biting and chewing
2.
(transitive; often foll by away or up) to destroy as if by eating: the damp had eaten away the woodwork
3.
(often foll by into) to use up or waste: taxes ate into his inheritance
4.
often foll by into or through. to make (a hole, passage, etc) by eating or gnawing: rats ate through the floor
5.
to take or have (a meal or meals): we always eat at six
6.
(transitive) to include as part of one’s diet: he doesn’t eat fish
7.
(transitive) (informal) to cause to worry; make anxious: what’s eating you?
8.
(transitive) (slang) to perform cunnilingus or fellatio upon
9.
(informal) I’ll eat my hat if, I will be greatly surprised if (something happens that proves me wrong)
10.
eat one’s heart out, to brood or pine with grief or longing
11.
eat one’s words, to take back something said; recant; retract
12.
eat out of someone’s hand, to be entirely obedient to someone
13.
eat someone out of house and home, to ruin someone, esp one’s parent or one’s host, by consuming all his food
abbreviation
1.
Tanzania (international car registration)
v.

Old English etan (class V strong verb; past tense æt, past participle eten) “to eat, devour, consume,” from Proto-Germanic *etanan (cf. Old Frisian ita, Old Saxon etan, Middle Dutch eten, Dutch eten, Old High German ezzan, German essen, Old Norse eta, Gothic itan), from PIE root *ed- “to eat” (see edible).

Transferred sense of “slow, gradual corrosion or destruction” is from 1550s. Meaning “to preoccupy, engross” (as in what’s eating you?) first recorded 1893. Slang sexual sense of “do cunnilingus on” is first recorded 1927. Eat out “dine away from home” is from 1933. The slang phrase to eat one’s words is from 1570s; to eat one’s heart out is from 1590s; for eat one’s hat, see hat.

eat (ēt)
v. ate (āt), eat·en (ēt’n), eat·ing, eats

Related Terms

frog, motherfucking

verb

1.
earnings after taxes
2.
Tanzania (international vehicle ID)

The ancient Hebrews would not eat with the Egyptians (Gen. 43:32). In the time of our Lord they would not eat with Samaritans (John 4:9), and were astonished that he ate with publicans and sinners (Matt. 9:11). The Hebrews originally sat at table, but afterwards adopted the Persian and Chaldean practice of reclining (Luke 7:36-50). Their principal meal was at noon (Gen. 43:16; 1 Kings 20:16; Ruth 2:14; Luke 14:12). The word “eat” is used metaphorically in Jer. 15:16; Ezek. 3:1; Rev. 10:9. In John 6:53-58, “eating and drinking” means believing in Christ. Women were never present as guests at meals (q.v.).

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