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
- an estate of inheritance in land, either absolute and without limitation to any particular class of heirs(fee simple) or limited to a particular class of heirs (fee tail).
- an inheritable estate in land held of a feudal lord on condition of the performing of certain services.
- a territory held in fee.
verb (used with object), feed, fee·ing.
Origin of fee
Synonyms for fee
Related Words for feedfodder, forage, hay, grain, meal, corn, barley, satisfy, bolster, nourish, supply, provide, give, deliver, encourage, maintain, sustain, stuff, fuel, find
Examples from the Web for feed
Contemporary Examples of feed
The group puts out most of its statements—on its Twitter feed, or its numerous websites—in Arabic, as opposed to Baluchi or Farsi.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
The city protests that a beach is not a suitable place to feed the hungry.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
And, according to an October post his feed, the school allegedly issued a second order of hospitalization for him.Prof: MIT Hospitalized Me For Ferguson Tweets
December 11, 2014
But they are nonetheless connected and they feed into each other and are in the same world.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth
December 4, 2014
“This is a way for some of us to feed our children,” Milland told The Daily Beast.Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild
December 3, 2014
Historical Examples of feed
Why, we wasted enough from breakfast to feed a small family.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
We camped in a thicket, without water, on a small patch of feed.
Country very dense and scrubby; no feed in any of the thickets.
The feed is good a mile down from the spring, although it is very old and dry.
We have found plenty of water, but no feed; this is better than having no water and plenty of feed.
verb feeds, feeding or fed (fɛd) (mainly tr)
Word Origin for feed
- law(of land) in absolute ownership
- archaicin complete subjection
verb fees, feeing or feed
Word Origin for fee
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.
late 13c., from Old French fieu, fief "fief, possession, holding, domain; feudal duties, payment," from Medieval Latin feodum "land or other property whose use is granted in return for service," widely said to be from Frankish *fehu-od "payment-estate," or a similar Germanic compound, in which the first element is cognate with Old English feoh "money, movable property, cattle" (also German Vieh "cattle," Gothic faihu "money, fortune"), from PIE *peku- "cattle" (cf. Sanskrit pasu, Lithuanian pekus "cattle;" Latin pecu "cattle," pecunia "money, property"); second element similar to Old English ead "wealth."
OED rejects this, and suggests a simple adaptation of Germanic fehu, leaving the Medieval Latin -d- unexplained. Sense of "payment for services" first recorded late 14c. Fee-simple is "absolute ownership," as opposed to fee-tail "entailed ownership," inheritance limited to some particular class of heirs (second element from Old French taillir "to cut, to limit").
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