Origin of Ate
Examples from the Web for ates
We don't work for it; it's the bread of shame and idleness: and yet it's Owen M'Carthy that ates it!Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories|William Carleton
The pig, the crathur, won't get fat; he ates everything he can reach, and still he looks like a basket wid a skin over it.Fairies and Folk of Ireland|William Henry Frost
Can't you wait till he ates a thrifle o' some-thin' stout, to keep life in him, afther his hard journey?The Poor Scholar|William Carleton
Is she alive, is she dead, does she iver dhream iv him as she ates her hay an' rubs her back agin th' bars iv her gilded cage?Mr. Dooley Says|Finley Dunne
Which she will be some day, said cook; and I ates to think of it.A Very Naughty Girl|L. T. Meade
Word Origin for Ate
past tense of eat (q.v.).
Greek goddess of infatuation and evil, from ate "infatuation, bane, ruin, mischief," of uncertain origin.