[ fawrs-feed, fohrs- ]
/ ˈfɔrsˈfid, ˈfoʊrs- /

verb (used with object), force-fed, force-feed·ing.

to compel to take food, especially by means of a tube inserted into the throat: They force-fed the prisoners in the hunger strike.
to compel to absorb or assimilate: The recruits were force-fed a military attitude.

Nearby words

  1. force play,
  2. force pump,
  3. force someone's hand,
  4. force to be reckoned with,
  5. force-draft,
  6. force-field analysis,
  7. force-march,
  8. force-out,
  9. force-ripe,
  10. forced

Origin of force-feed

First recorded in 1905–10

force feed


lubrication under pressure, as from a pump, used especially in internal-combustion engines.

Origin of force feed

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for force-feed


verb -feeds, -feeding or -fed (tr)

to force (a person or animal) to eat or swallow food
to force (someone) to receive opinions, propaganda, etc

noun force feed

a method of lubrication in which a pump forces oil into the bearings of an engine, etc
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Word Origin and History for force-feed



by 1909, from force (n.) + feed (v.). Related: Force-fed; force-feeding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper