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[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
Related forms
foodless, adjective
foodlessness, noun
nonfood, noun, adjective
1. nutriment, aliment, bread, sustenance, victuals; meat, viands; diet, menu.
Synonym Study
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. Unabridged
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  • For 24 hours I had been foodless, and was now quite exhausted.

  • The last day of the year dawned and I spent it foodless, friendless, solitary.

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts
  • The beavers must escape from their now foodless prison or perish.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • Unarmed and foodless, how shall he ever succeed in finding his way back to safety?

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • If we could not get a boat we must remain in that foodless forest until we starved.

    Allan and the Holy Flower H. Rider Haggard
  • I've survived the fireless and foodless cooking at breakfast and luncheon, but the dinnerless dinner would finish me.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • That night we camped, fireless and foodless, on the banks of a swift-flowing stream in a valley between two great mountains.

    The Master of Appleby

    Francis Lynde
  • When the foodless days came and the child was not getting food enough to survive, she gave vent to her feelings of despair.

  • The journey was no more than fifteen miles, but took them across grassy, foodless plains which had never been worth negotiation.

    The Devil's Asteroid Manly Wade Wellman
British Dictionary definitions for foodless


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
foodless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English fōda; related to Old Frisian fōdia to nourish, feed, Old Norse fœthi, Gothic fōdeins food; see feed, fodder
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Word Origin and History for foodless



Old English foda "food, nourishment; fuel," also figurative, from Proto-Germanic *fodon (cf. Gothic fodeins), from Germanic root *fod-, equivalent of PIE *pa- "to tend, keep, pasture, to protect, to guard, to feed" (cf. Greek pateisthai "to feed;" Latin pabulum "food, fodder," panis "bread," pasci "to feed," pascare "to graze, pasture, feed," pastor "shepherd," literally "feeder;" Avestan pitu- "food;" Old Church Slavonic pasti "feed cattle, pasture;" Russian pishcha "food").

Food chain is from 1917. Food poisoning attested by 1864; food processor in the kitchen appliance sense from 1973.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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foodless in Medicine

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for foodless
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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