- simple past tense and past participle of feed.
- fed up, impatient; disgusted; bored: They were fed up with the same old routine.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) Slang. a federal official or law-enforcement officer.
Origin of fed2
- the Fed, Informal. the Federal Reserve System.
- the Federal Reserve Board.
- to give food to; supply with nourishment: to feed a child.
- to yield or serve as food for: This land has fed 10 generations.
- to provide as food.
- to furnish for consumption.
- to satisfy; minister to; gratify: Poetry feeds the imagination.
- to supply for maintenance or operation, as to a machine: to feed paper into a photocopier.
- to provide with the necessary materials for development, maintenance, or operation: to feed a printing press with paper.
- to use (land) as pasture.
- Theater Informal.
- 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.
- Radio and Television. to distribute (a local broadcast) via satellite or network.
- (especially of animals) to take food; eat: cows feeding in a meadow; to feed well.
- to be nourished or gratified; subsist: to feed on grass; to feed on thoughts of revenge.
- food, especially for farm animals, as cattle, horses or chickens.
- an allowance, portion, or supply of such food.
- Informal. a meal, especially a lavish one.
- the act of feeding.
- the act or process of feeding a furnace, machine, etc.
- the material, or the amount of it, so fed or supplied.
- a feeding mechanism.
- Electricity. feeder(def 10).
- Theater Informal.
- 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 local television broadcast distributed by satellite or network to a much wider audience, especially nationwide or international.
- Digital Technology.
- 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.
- chain feed, to pass (work) successively into a machine in such a manner that each new piece is held in place by or connected to the one before.
- off one's feed, Slang.
- reluctant to eat; without appetite.
- dejected; sad.
- not well; ill.
Origin of feed
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Examples from the Web for fed
“In a country that once fed the world, children were dying of malnourishment,” writes Ivereigh.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
“You got the wrong number for that,” Det. Johnson told her colleague, Coleman, over the phone while I fed her questions.The Disappearing Cops of East St. Louis
November 26, 2014
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.
October 21, 2014
One can even hear both the regulators and Goldman executives acknowledge that the deal should have required Fed approval.The Best Regulator? That’s Easy. It’s the Market.
Veronique de Rugy
October 16, 2014
Biden made many visits to Baghdad and no doubt get fed a load of bull about inclusion on each one.Exposed: The White House’s Professor-in-Chief
October 8, 2014
Since they came to this colony they had been fed and clothed, and no one would take any money.
Pools of water, rock bottom; in fact, rock reservoirs, and fed by springs.
That love acknowledged, fed, and gratified, when are its demands appeased?
So flowed the "spring" of hope at least, as it was fed by the scene then before me.
All the passengers got out for a moment, and the horses were fed.Rico and Wiseli
- the past tense and past participle of feed
- fed to death, fed to the teeth, fed up to the teeth, fed to the back teeth or fed up to the back teeth informal bored or annoyed
- US slang an agent of the FBI
- the Fed US informal the Federal Reserve Bank or Federal Reserve Board
- to give food toto feed the cat
- to give as foodto feed meat to the cat
- (intr) to eat foodthe horses feed at noon
- to provide food forthese supplies can feed 10 million people
- to provide what is necessary for the existence or development ofto feed one's imagination
- to gratify; satisfyto feed one's eyes on a beautiful sight
- (also intr) to supply (a machine, furnace, etc) with (the necessary materials or fuel) for its operation, or (of such materials) to flow or move forwards into a machine, etc
- to use (land) as grazing
- theatre informal to cue (an actor, esp a comedian) with lines or actions
- sport to pass a ball to (a team-mate)
- electronics to introduce (electrical energy) into a circuit, esp by means of a feeder
- (also intr; foll by on or upon) to eat or cause to eat
- the act or an instance of feeding
- food, esp that of animals or babies
- the process of supplying a machine or furnace with a material or fuel
- the quantity of material or fuel so supplied
- computing a facility allowing web users to receive news headlines and updates on their browser from a website as soon as they are published
- the rate of advance of a cutting tool in a lathe, drill, etc
- a mechanism that supplies material or fuel or controls the rate of advance of a cutting tool
- theatre informal a performer, esp a straight man, who provides cues
- informal a meal
Word Origin and History for fed
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.
Idioms and Phrases with fed
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