verb (used with object), ate [eyt; especially British et] /eɪt; especially British ɛt/ or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] /ɛt, it/; eat·en or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] /ɛt, it/; eat·ing.
verb (used without object), ate [eyt; especially British et] /eɪt; especially British ɛt/ or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] /ɛt, it/; eat·en or (Archaic) eat [et, eet] /ɛt, it/; eat·ing.
- to consume wholly.
- to show enthusiasm for; take pleasure in: The audience ate up everything he said.
- to believe without question.
- easy-money policy,
- eat and run,
- eat away at,
- eat crow,
- eat high off the hog,
- eat humble pie
Origin of eat
Examples from the Web for eater
When it comes to food, are you an adventurous, nose-to-tail kind of eater?
This is a simple snack with tremendous seasoning and flavor sure to entice an eater who is more curious about taste than quantity.
He said to Taircheal, "Whence have you come from, you eater of beastings?"Legends of Saints & Sinners|Douglas Hyde
He was frugal in his habits,—a wine-drinker and an eater of meat, but rarely addicted to gluttony or intemperance.The Unseen World and Other Essays|John Fiske
He wouldn't like it to get about that he had been intimate with an eater of men—a common cannibal.Falk|Joseph Conrad
Out of the eater came forth meat, And out of the strong came forth sweetness.
But gifts were given them largely, over and above their war-pay, and to Osberne and Stephen the Eater in especial.The Sundering Flood|William Morris
Word Origin for EAT
verb eats, eating, ate or eaten
Word Origin for eat
Old English etan (class V strong verb; past tense æt, past participle eten) "to eat, devour, consume," from Proto-Germanic *etanan (cf. Old Frisian ita, Old Saxon etan, Middle Dutch eten, Dutch eten, Old High German ezzan, German essen, Old Norse eta, Gothic itan), from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (see edible).
Transferred sense of "slow, gradual corrosion or destruction" is from 1550s. Meaning "to preoccupy, engross" (as in what's eating you?) first recorded 1893. Slang sexual sense of "do cunnilingus on" is first recorded 1927. Eat out "dine away from home" is from 1933. The slang phrase to eat one's words is from 1570s; to eat one's heart out is from 1590s; for eat one's hat, see hat.
In addition to the idioms beginning with eat
- eat and run
- eat away at
- eat crow
- eat high off the hog
- eat in
- eat like a bird
- eat one's cake and have it, too
- eat one's hat
- eat one's heart out
- eat one's words
- eat out
- eat out of someone's hand
- eat shit
- eat someone alive
- eat someone out
- eat someone out of house and home
- eat someone's ass out
- eat someone's lunch
- eat someone up
- eat up
- dog eat dog
- proof of the pudding is in the eating
- what's eating you