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Noun 1. food - any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissuefood – any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue


substance – a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties; “shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man”

vitellus, yolk – nutritive material of an ovum stored for the nutrition of an embryo (especially the yellow mass of a bird or reptile egg)

solid food, food – any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment; “food and drink”

comfort food – food that is simply prepared and gives a sense of wellbeing; typically food with a high sugar or carbohydrate content that is associated with childhood or with home cooking

comestible, eatable, edible, pabulum, victual, victuals – any substance that can be used as food

fare – the food and drink that are regularly served or consumed

food product, foodstuff – a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food

aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, sustenance, victuals, nutrition – a source of materials to nourish the body

commissariat, provisions, viands, victuals, provender – a stock or supply of foods

feed, provender – food for domestic livestock

manna from heaven, miraculous food, manna – (Old Testament) food that God gave the Israelites during the Exodus

beverage, drinkable, potable, drink – any liquid suitable for drinking; “may I take your beverage order?”

water – a liquid necessary for the life of most animals and plants; “he asked for a drink of water”

soul food – food traditionally eaten by African-Americans in the South

micronutrient – a substance needed only in small amounts for normal body function (e.g., vitamins or minerals)

chyme – a semiliquid mass of partially digested food that passes from the stomach through the pyloric sphincter into the duodenum

culture medium, medium – (bacteriology) a nutrient substance (solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms

2. food – any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment; “food and drink”

solid food

food, nutrient – any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue

leftovers – food remaining from a previous meal; “he had leftovers for dinner last night”

fresh food, fresh foods – food that is not preserved by canning or dehydration or freezing or smoking

convenience food – any packaged dish or food that can be prepared quickly and easily as by thawing or heating

chocolate – a food made from roasted ground cacao beans

baked goods – foods (like breads and cakes and pastries) that are cooked in an oven

loaf – a quantity of food (other than bread) formed in a particular shape; “meat loaf”; “sugar loaf”; “a loaf of cheese”

meat – the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food

alimentary paste, pasta – shaped and dried dough made from flour and water and sometimes egg

health food – any natural or prepared food popularly believed to promote good health

junk food – food that tastes good but is high in calories having little nutritional value

breakfast food – any food (especially cereal) usually served for breakfast

garden truck, green goods, green groceries, produce – fresh fruits and vegetable grown for the market

coconut, coconut meat – the edible white meat of a coconut; often shredded for use in e.g. cakes and curries

dika bread – somewhat astringent paste prepared by grinding and heating seeds of the African wild mango; a staple food of some African peoples

fish – the flesh of fish used as food; “in Japan most fish is eaten raw”; “after the scare about foot-and-mouth disease a lot of people started eating fish instead of meat”; “they have a chef who specializes in fish”

seafood – edible fish (broadly including freshwater fish) or shellfish or roe etc

butter – an edible emulsion of fat globules made by churning milk or cream; for cooking and table use

yoghourt, yoghurt, yogurt – a custard-like food made from curdled milk

cheese – a solid food prepared from the pressed curd of milk

slop – (usually plural) weak or watery unappetizing food or drink; “he lived on the thin slops that food kitchens provided”

solid – matter that is solid at room temperature and pressure

3. food – anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking

food for thought, intellectual nourishment

cognitive content, mental object, content – the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

pabulum – insipid intellectual nourishment


noun nourishment, cooking, provisions, fare, board, commons, table, eats (slang), stores, feed, diet, meat, bread, menu, tuck (informal), tucker (Austral. & N.Z. informal), rations, nutrition, cuisine, tack (informal), refreshment, scoff (slang), nibbles, grub (slang), foodstuffs, subsistence, kai (N.Z. informal), larder, chow (informal), sustenance, nosh (slang), daily bread, victuals, edibles, comestibles, provender, nosebag (slang), pabulum (rare), nutriment, vittles (obsolete or dialect), viands, aliment, eatables (slang), survival rations, F%D (S.M.S.) Enjoy your food!

food for thought mental nourishment, mental stimulation, food for the mind His speech offers much food for thought.

Related words
adjective alimentary
noun gastronomy
like sitomania
fear sitophobia

“We lived for days on nothing but food and water” [W.C. Fields]
“Food first, then morality” [Bertolt Brecht The Threepenny Opera]
“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are” [Anthelme Brillat-Savarin Physiologie du Gout]
“There is not one kind of food for all men. You must and you will feed those faculties which you exercise. The laborer whose body is weary does not require the same food with the scholar whose brain is weary” [Henry David Thoreau letter to Harrison Blake]
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives” [Oscar Wilde]
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food” [George Bernard Shaw Man and Superman]
“Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly” [M.F.K. Fisher An Alphabet for Gourmets]
“On the Continent people have good food; in England people have good table manners” [George Mikes How to be an Alien]
“[If the people have no bread] let them eat cake” [Marie-Antoinette]
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” Bible: St. Matthew

“Half a loaf is better than no bread”
“You cannot have your cake and eat it”
“What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander”
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

seeapples,beans and other pulses,biscuits,breads,cakes and pastries,cheeses,desserts and sweet dishes,herbs, spices, and seasonings,mushrooms and other edible fungi,nuts,potatoes,rice and other cereals,sauces,seafood,types and cuts of meat,types of curry,types of fruit,types of meal,types of pasta,types of pastry,vegetables

Savoury dishes

angels-on-horseback, avgolemono, baked beans, beef bourguinonorboeuf bourguignonne, beef stroganoff, bhaji, blanquette de veau, blintz, Bombay duck, bouchée, brawn, bredie, bridieorForfar bridie, broth, bruschetta, bubble and squeak, burgoo, burrito, calzone, Caesar salad, canapé, casserole, cassoulet, cauliflower cheese, cheeseburger, chicken Kiev, chilli con carne, chips, chop suey, chow mein, clam chowder, club sandwich, cock-a-leekieorcockie-leekie, coddle, consommé, corn chowder, Cornish pasty, cottage pie, coulibiacaorkoulibiaca, couscous, crêpe, croquette, crostini, croute, crowdie, Cullen skink, curry, curry puff, daube, devils-on-horseback, dolmades, doner kebab, eggs Benedict, enchilada, escargot, faggot, fajitas, falafel, fish and chipsor (Scot.)fish supper, fish cake, fish finger, flan, foo yong, fondue, forcemeat, frankfurter, French toast, fricassee, fryorfry-up, galantine, game chips, gefilte fishorgefüllte fish, goulash, guacamole, haggis, hamburger, hash, hominy gritsorgrits, hotchpotch, hotpot, hummus, houmus,orhumous, jambalaya, jugged hare, Irish stew, kebab, kedgeree, keftedes, kishke, knish, kofta, kromesky, laksa, Lancashire hotpot, lasagne, laver bread, lobscouse, lobster Newburg, lobster thermidor, macaroni cheese, madrilène, manicotti, mateloteormatelotte, meat loaf, minestrone, mirepoix, mixed grill, mock turtle soup, moussaka, mousse, mulligatawny, nachos, nasi goreng, navarin, olla podrida, omeletteor (esp. U.S.)omelet, open sandwich, osso bucco, paella, pakora, palm-oil chop, pastitsio, pakora, paté, patty, pease pudding, pepper pot, pie, pilau, pilaf, pilaff, pilao,orpilaw, pirogi, pirozhki, pizza, ploughman’s lunch, polenta, porridge, pot-au-feu, pot pie, pot roast, pottage, prairie oyster, prawn cracker, quenelle, quiche, quiche lorraine, Quorn (trademark), ragout, raita, ramekin, ratatouille, ravioli, red pudding, rijsttafel, risotto, rissole, roast, rojak, roulade, salad, salade niçoise, salmagundiorsalmagundy, salmiorsalmis, salpicon, samosa, sandwich, sarmie (S. African), sashimi, satay, sauerbraten, sauerkraut, sausage roll, scaloppineorscaloppini, scampi, schnitzel, Scotch broth, Scotch egg, Scotch pieormutton pie, scouse, scrambled eggs, shepherd’s pie, shish kebab, skirlie, smorgasbord, smørrebrød, soba, sosatie, soufflé, soup, souvlakia, Spanish rice, spanokopita, spring roll, steak-and-kidney pie, steak-and-kidney pudding, steak pie, steak tartare, stew, stir-fry, stottie, succotash, suet pudding, surf ‘n’ turf, sukiyaki, sushi, taco, tagine, tamale, taramasalata, tartlet, teriyaki, thali, timbale, toad-in-the-hole, toast, tofu, tomalley, tortilla, tyropitta, tzatzikiortsatsiki, udon, veggieburgerorvegeburger, vichyssoise, vol-au-vent, Waldorf salad, Welsh rabbitorrarebit, white pudding, won ton, Yorkshire pudding


noun1.Something fit to be eaten:

aliment, bread, comestible, diet, edible, esculent, fare, foodstuff, meat, nourishment, nurture, nutriment, nutrition, pabulum, pap, provender, provision (used in plural), sustenance, victual.

Slang: chow, eats, grub.

2.That which sustains the mind or spirit:

aliment, bread, nourishment, nutriment, pabulum, pap, sustenance.