Origin of feeding
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
Synonyms for feed
Antonyms for feed
Examples from the Web for feeding
Contemporary Examples of feeding
Louisa also devotes much of her time to feeding underprivileged children in the desolate Kurland Village in South Africa.These Female Contemporaries Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf
November 20, 2014
Porter was convicted and shortly after sentenced to death by a judge who compared him to a shark in a feeding frenzy.Wrongly Imprisoned for 15 Years Thanks to an Innocence Project
November 13, 2014
He described going to their home, feeding their dogs, and growing worried.Family's Best Friend Charged With Murdering Them All
November 7, 2014
With the help of mobility aids and a feeding tube, she lived well past her initial prognosis of death by age 4.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
Perhaps he had been feeding off the relative youth of Paul, who appeared in need of a long nap by this point.Mitch McConnell’s Big Day: A Turtle Suns Himself
November 4, 2014
Historical Examples of feeding
What effect do the feeding and care of poultry have upon it as food?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
It's hard weather for the sheep an' a'm thinkin' this 'ill be a feeding storm.A Doctor of the Old School, Part 5
He sat there watching and feeding all through the long night.Self-Help
Give it nothing, I pray you, for it is not worth the feeding.The Lyric
He has a fascinating habit of feeding himself with his paws.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
verb feeds, feeding or fed (fɛd) (mainly tr)
Word Origin for feed
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