- fed to the gills,
- fed up,
- fed. res. bd.,
- fed. res. bk.
Origin of fed2
verb (used with object), fed, feed·ing.
- to supply (an actor, especially a comedian) with lines or action, the responses to which are expected to elicit laughter.
- to provide cues to (an actor).
- Chiefly British.to prompt: Stand in the wings and feed them their lines.
verb (used without object), fed, feed·ing.
- a line spoken by one actor, the response to which by another actor is expected to cause laughter.
- an actor, especially a straight man, who provides such lines.
- a website or application that publishes updates from social media or news-collection websites in reverse chronological order: I follow all of the latest celebrity gossip in my Twitter feed.
- an XML-based web document that is updated automatically at predetermined intervals and includes descriptive titles or short descriptions and links to recent pages on a website: Subscribe to news feeds to get the latest news from around the world.
Origin of feed
Examples from the Web for fed
“In a country that once fed the world, children were dying of malnourishment,” writes Ivereigh.
“You got the wrong number for that,” Det. Johnson told her colleague, Coleman, over the phone while I fed her questions.
Her activity as a citizen journalist had fed into a larger vision of building a supportive community in Tamaulipas.She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder.|Jason McGahan|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One can even hear both the regulators and Goldman executives acknowledge that the deal should have required Fed approval.
Biden made many visits to Baghdad and no doubt get fed a load of bull about inclusion on each one.
The English merchants and mariners had wrongs of their own, perpetually renewed, which fed the bitterness of their indignation.English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century|James Anthony Froude
But we who do the old things are fed by nature with a perpetual infancy.The Napoleon of Notting Hill|Gilbert K. Chesterton
There they sat an hour or two and uttered their cries, and there they were hunted up and fed by the parents.Little Brothers of the Air|Olive Thorne Miller
Bran may be fed for a change, and a little cotton seed or corn may be given, but sparingly.The Library of Work and Play: Outdoor Work|Mary Rogers Miller
And your mother should be where she can see that you are properly dressed, fed, and cared for.A Girl Of The Limberlost|Gene Stratton Porter
verb feeds, feeding or fed (fɛd) (mainly tr)
Word Origin for feed
past participle adjective from feed (v.). Fed up "surfeited, disgusted, bored," is British slang first recorded 1900, extended to U.S. by World War I; probably from earlier phrases like fed up to the back teeth.
1788, short for Federalist; as colloquial for "official of the federal government," from 1916, especially, after 1930s, of FBI agents.
Old English fedan "nourish, feed, sustain, foster," from Proto-Germanic *fodjan (cf. Old Saxon fodjan, Old Frisian feda, Dutch voeden, Old High German fuotan, Old Norse foeða, Gothic fodjan "to feed"), from PIE *pa- "to protect, feed" (see food). Feeding frenzy is from 1989, metaphoric extension of a phrase that had been used of sharks since 1950s.
"action of feeding," 1570s, from feed (v.). Meaning "food for animals" is first attested 1580s. Of machinery, from 1892.
In addition to the idioms beginning with feed
- feed one's face
- feed someone a line
- feed the kitty
- bite the hand that feeds you
- chicken feed
- off one's feed
- put on the feed bag