Origin of eating
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
Examples from the Web for eating
Contemporary Examples of eating
Eating disorders, researchers believed, were essentially more severe forms of disordered eating.
What celebrity has started to talk about his or her eating disorder?
Genetics alone does not an eating disorder make, generally speaking, and Bulik points out that environment still plays a role.
The eating disorder field remains divided over the potential efficacy of such measures.
They are becoming more aware of what eating disorders are and what they look like.
Historical Examples of eating
"But his sitting there eating in that—that shirt—" said his sister.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
They were thinking: "That greedy little girl has gone on and on eating."Life and Death of Harriett Frean
I hung it up this morning, for the pig with the black feet was eating it.Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
A man is but a beast as he lives from day to day, eating and drinking, breathing and sleeping.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
She sat back in her chair, eating little, starting at every step.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
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