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
Definition for feed (2 of 2)
- 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
Examples from the Web for 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|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The city protests that a beach is not a suitable place to feed the hungry.
And, according to an October post his feed, the school allegedly issued a second order of hospitalization for him.
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|Alex Suskind|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|Kevin Zawacki|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What defect in the feed valve will cause the brake pipe pressure to equalize with that in the main reservoir?The Traveling Engineers' Association|Anonymous
It'd take all he's worth to feed him through the winter, and he'd be no use to you at all.The Hills of Desire|Richard Aumerle Maher
They will continue to feed until every vestige of the tubers is eaten, leaving the ground in a fine condition for replanting.The Hawaiian Islands|The Department of Foreign Affairs
Feed upon Him; that is the essential central requirement for all Christian life, and what does feeding on Him mean?
The best fishing season is from April to October, when the fish come to this bank to feed.Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine|Walter H. Rich
British Dictionary definitions for feed (1 of 2)
verb feeds, feeding or fed (fɛd) (mainly tr)
Word Origin for feed
British Dictionary definitions for feed (2 of 2)
- law (of land) in absolute ownership
- archaic in complete subjection
verb fees, feeing or feed
Word Origin for fee
Word Origin and History for feed (1 of 3)
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.
Word Origin and History for feed (1 of 3)
"action of feeding," 1570s, from feed (v.). Meaning "food for animals" is first attested 1580s. Of machinery, from 1892.
Word Origin and History for feed (2 of 3)
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").
Idioms and Phrases with feed
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