Synonyms of 'food'
any substance that can be taken into the body by a living organism and changed into energy and body tissueEnjoy your food!
nourishment, , ,
He was unable to take nourishment for several days.
traditional Portuguese fare
Free room and board are provided for all hotel staff.
table (formal), , , ,
They always keep a marvellous table.
Watch your diet – you need plenty of fruit and vegetables.
They gave meat and drink to the poor.
I go to work, I put bread on the table, I pay the mortgage.
tuck (informal), , ,
The wags from the rival house were ready to snaffle his tuck.
There are alternative sources of nutrition to animal flesh.
tack (informal), ,
scoff (slang), ,
grub (slang), , ,
Get yourself some grub and come and sit down.
kai (New Zealand, informal), , ,
I'm starving - let's have some kai.
The state provided a basic quantity of food for daily sustenance.
It served delicious, authentic nosh
daily bread, , , ,
provender, , , ,
It's excellent provender, skilfully prepared.
vittles (obsolete, dialect), , , ,
F%D (text messaging)
See food for thought
related adjective alimentary
related noun gastronomy
related mania sitomania
related phobia sitophobia
See ApplesSee Beans and other pulsesSee BiscuitsSee BreadsSee Cakes and pastriesSee CheesesSee Desserts and sweet dishesSee Herbs, spices and seasoningsSee Mushrooms and other edible fungiSee NutsSee PotatoesSee Rice and other cerealsSee SaucesSee Savoury dishesSee SeafoodSee Types and cuts of meatSee Types of currySee FruitsSee Types of mealSee Types of pastaSee Types of pastrySee Vegetables
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subject word lists
A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothingWe lived for days on nothing but food and waterFood first, then morality – The Threepenny Opera]Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are – Physiologie du Gout]There is not one kind of food for all men. You must and you will feed those faculties which you exercise. The laborer whose body is weary does not require the same food with the scholar whose brain is weary – letter to Harrison Blake]After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relativesThere is no love sincerer than the love of food – Man and Superman]Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly – An Alphabet for Gourmets]Stands the church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea? – Grantchester]Dinner at the Huntercombes' possessed only two dramatic features - the wine was a farce and the food a tragedy – The Acceptance World]The healsome porritch, chief of Scotia's food – The Cotter's Saturday Night]Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the puddin'-race! – To a Haggis]Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never didMayonnaise: one of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion – The Devil's Dictionary]Milk's leap towards immortality – Any Number Can Play]Sauce: the one infallible sign of civilization and enlightenment. A people with no sauces has one thousand vices; a people with one sauce has only nine hundred and ninety-nine. For every sauce invented and accepted a vice is renounced and forgiven – The Devil's Dictionary][If the people have no bread] let them eat cakeMan shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God [Bible: St. Matthew]
Half a loaf is better than no breadYou cannot have your cake and eat itWhat's sauce for the goose is sauce for the ganderAn apple a day keeps the doctor away
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in the sense of board
a person's meals, provided regularly for moneyFree room and board are provided for all hotel staff.
in the sense of bread
necessary foodI go to work, I put bread on the table, I pay the mortgage.
in the sense of diet
to follow a special diet so as to lose weightWatch your diet – you need plenty of fruit and vegetables.
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