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.
- reluctant to eat; without appetite.
- dejected; sad.
- not well; ill.
Origin of feed
Synonyms for feed
Antonyms for feed
Related Words for fedsatisfy, bolster, nourish, supply, provide, give, deliver, encourage, maintain, sustain, stuff, fuel, find, fill, cram, dine, strengthen, dispense, support, feast
Examples from the Web for fed
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of fed
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
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