verb (used with object)
Origin of devour
Examples from the Web for devour
The critters have the propensity to devour their babies if alarmed and so require a calm environment for breeding.
Before he knew it, he had more animals on his hands than his snakes could devour.The Weird Underground World of Urban Animal Husbandry|Dale Eisinger|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or, some of us (many of us), devour 14 in a row with breaks just for bathroom and answering the door for the delivery man.
I am more determined than ever to get into Gaza just so I can sit on the beach and devour this Bedouin feast with my hands.
You get the sense that they want to eat each other, to devour each other.The Stars of ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ On the Riveting Lesbian Love Story|Marlow Stern|September 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I shudder when I see them brandish their knives in act to carve, and look on them as savages that devour one another.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)|Leslie Stephen
He is also called destroyer; and is said to walk about, seeking whom he may devour.A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females|Harvey Newcomb
I propose an enigma; only I am not cruel like the Sphinx and will not devour you if you fail to guess.The Hero of the People|Alexandre Dumas
Among insects generally, there are certain species which devour the contents of the egg of the victim.Our Common Insects|Alpheus Spring Packard
The great do not devour the small, and none fling themselves upon their neighbours.Mauprat|George Sand
British Dictionary definitions for devour
Word Origin for devour
Word Origin and History for devour
early 14c., from Old French devorer (12c.) "devour, swallow up, engulf," from Latin devorare "swallow down, accept eagerly," from de- "down" (see de-) + vorare "to swallow" (see voracity). Related: Devoured; devouring.