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  1. a substance used or capable of being used as nutriment.
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Origin of foodstuff

First recorded in 1870–75; food + stuff
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Examples from the Web for foodstuffs

Historical Examples

  • The cook comes in with a basket of foodstuffs fresh from the market.

    Have We No Rights?

    Mabel Williamson

  • The poorest providers and preparers of foodstuffs are their producers.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons

  • These specks are often found on foodstuffs that have not been properly protected.

  • There are found all the products of the country in grains and foodstuffs.

  • But couldn't I just buy some land, get a government contract for foodstuffs?

    This Crowded Earth

    Robert Bloch

British Dictionary definitions for foodstuffs


  1. any material, substance, etc, that can be used as food
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Word Origin and History for foodstuffs



1870, from food + stuff (n.). Related: Foodstuffs.

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