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eatable

[ee-tuh-buh l] /ˈi tə bəl/
adjective
1.
noun
2.
Usually, eatables. articles of food.
Origin of eatable
1475-1485
First recorded in 1475-85; eat + -able
Related forms
noneatable, adjective
uneatable, adjective
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Examples from the Web for eatables
Historical Examples
  • In return for this service of theirs, the crows and foxes share in all man's eatables.

    Aino Folk-Tales Basil Hall Chamberlain
  • After a spell I got up and took account of stock, as you might say, of the eatables in the shanty.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But he was surprised to see the variety of eatables upon that table.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The fellow had provided all these eatables himself in the way of business.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • We must get a supply of eatables to-night or in the morning.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • Many places in the city were named from eatables or other articles that were sold in them.

  • We tried some of these, and found them most delicious, as indeed were all the other eatables we consumed.

  • She might restrict my eatables, but I'd be hanged if I was going to have her meddle with my drinks.

    Dream Days Kenneth Grahame
  • Calm is restored at last; the next day we get the nurses to buy us some eatables.

    Sac-Au-Dos Joris Karl Huysmans
  • Fragments of biscuit, with other débris of eatables, not known to Indians, were evidence of this.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for eatables

eatables

/ˈiːtəbəlz/
plural noun
1.
(sometimes sing) food

eatable

/ˈiːtəbəl/
adjective
1.
fit or suitable for eating; edible
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Word Origin and History for eatables

eatable

adj.

late 15c., from eat + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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