New Word #39: Eat And Drink

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Most of these words for eating and drinking are often used. I’ve never seen “manducate” being used, but for the rest, they are all quite common. Sometimes I can encounter several just in one scene about a dinner or a party. There must be more words about eating and drinking out there, and please let me know if you encounter any.


ingest: take (food, drink, or another substance) into the body by swallowing or absorbing it.

consume: eat, drink, or ingest (food or drink).

nibble: take small bites out of.

snack: eat a snack.

Eat Quickly And In Large Quantities

swallow: cause or allow (something, especially food or drink) to pass down the throat. If used as a noun, it is also a migratory bird.

gorge: to swallow, especially greedily.

devour: eat (food or prey) hungrily or quickly.

gobble: eat (something) hurriedly and noisily

wolf: devour (food) greedily.

ingurgitate: to swallow greedily or in large quantities. This word is not used often, but the word “regurgitate” is often used to indicate to repeat (information) without analyzing or comprehending it.


chomp: munch or chew vigorously and noisily.

munch: eat (something) with a continuous and often audible action of the jaws.

masticate: chew (food).

manducate: chew or eat.

Often Used With Animals

chow: eat. This word is most often used as “dog chow”, which means dog food. As a verb, I’ve seen it used as “to eat” a couple of times.

graze: (of an animal) feed on (grass or land covered by grass).

browse: (of an animal) feed on leaves, twigs, or other high-growing vegetation.

ruminate: to chew repeatedly for an extended period


swill: drink (something) greedily or in large quantities.

gulp: swallow (drink or food) quickly or in large mouthfuls, often audibly.

drain: cause the water or other liquid in (something) to run out. I did see this word being used as “to drink” many times.

imbibe: drink (alcohol); absorb knowledge.

guzzle: eat or drink (something) greedily.

quaff: drink (something, especially an alcoholic drink) heartily.

slurp: eat or drink (something) with a loud sloppy sucking noise.

swig: drink in large gulps.

slug: drink (something, typically alcohol) in a large draft; swig.

tipple: drink alcohol, especially habitually.

sip: drink (something) by taking small mouthfuls.

bib: drink (something alcoholic).

sup: take (drink or liquid food) by sips or spoonfuls.

34 thoughts on “New Word #39: Eat And Drink

  1. I’ve also seen most of these but masticate and manducate were new to me too. They’re nice ones to know because they’d work really well with alliteration and rhythym in a poem about food. I always seem to learn something new or interesting after reading your posts. I’ve subscribed and I’m looking forward to reading more! 😊

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    1. Hahaha, that is so true. I’ve never thought about their usage in alliteration, but thanks to you, I see it now. Once you point it out, I feel that it is obvious but if you don’t point it out, I will never see it. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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        1. LOL. Learning can be fun when doing it together. It’s funny sometimes I want to learn alone and sometimes I want to learn together, but I don’t know why this is the case and how the switch in my brain plays out. LOL.


        2. learning is always fun!
          Well, That too happens. Sometimes we try to keep some things secret mainly because of 2 reasons-
          1) we think people might judge us, cause it’s too simple.
          2) we think it’s too usefull and don’t want others to take the opportunity.
          I think it’s completely normal though!

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        3. Great!
          I also wanted to start with quizzes, but that’s not what my blog is about so I dropped the idea. Well I have quite an idea of how you can do that. Mind if I share the idea?

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        4. Thank you. Sure. I always want to share ideas. Yes, words are usually the most boring things to handle and it will be nice to know some fun ways to deal with it. LOL.

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        5. That’s right! I actually thought of weekly quizzes, like if you have a twitter account you could post those there and share the links in blog or if not on twitter then you can have a specific time(don’t forget to mention the time zone) and day of the quiz in blog and let people answer those in comments.
          Types (MCQ based)
          Grammar based,
          Reading comprehension
          Find the error in sentence
          Para jumbles
          Fill the blanks with most suitable word
          (Something whose answer is little tricky to find on google.)
          For example if you ask synonyms then I can very easily find on net but you give a sentence with some grammatical error, I’ll have to use my brain to some extent.
          You can Give the answer in the next post explaining Eng grammar rules or meaning of the words, To improve participation you can also mention the people who gave the correct answer in this post.

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