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.
Origin of eat
Related Words for eaterdiner, epicure, consumer, glutton, gorger, gourmet, gourmand, connoisseur, pig, epicurean, omnivore
Examples from the Web for eater
Contemporary Examples of eater
When it comes to food, are you an adventurous, nose-to-tail kind of eater?Brits Are Very Fussy Eaters
August 5, 2014
This is a simple snack with tremendous seasoning and flavor sure to entice an eater who is more curious about taste than quantity.Snack Mixes That Won't Bite Back
December 29, 2009
Historical Examples of eater
That eater of swine aimed a blow at my face with his unclean fist.An Outcast of the Islands
He wouldn't like it to get about that he had been intimate with an eater of men—a common cannibal.Falk
Scarcely one of these people is to be met with who is not an eater of coca—a “coquero.”The Forest Exiles
A knowledge that the eater may in his turn be eaten, is not appetizing.
We were in Jericho when he discovered the eater of grasshoppers.The Temptation of St. Antony
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