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To eat in a particular way

bite

verb

to use your teeth to cut or break something, usually in order to eat it

bolt

verb

to eat food very quickly

cannibalize

verb

to eat another human, or another animal of the same type

champ

verb

to bite or eat food noisily

choke down

to eat or drink something with difficulty because you do not like it or because you are ill or upset

chomp

verb

to bite something several times in a noisy way

chow down

to eat food, especially a lot of food, quickly or in an enthusiastic way

crunch

verb

to bite hard food, causing it to make a loud noise

demolish

verb

to eat all of something very quickly

devour

verb

to eat something very fast because you are hungry

diet

verb

to eat particular foods or small amounts of food because you are trying to become thinner

dig in

to start eating food with a lot of enthusiasm

dive in

to start eating in a very enthusiastic way

down

verb

to drink or eat all of something quickly

eat

verb

to eat a particular type or amount of food

eat up

to eat all of something

fall on

to start eating food or start using something as soon as it arrives, in a way that shows you want it very much

force down

to eat or drink something even though you do not want to

fork

verb

to move food using a fork

gobble

verb

to eat something quickly and often noisily

grab

verb

if you grab food or sleep, you eat quickly or sleep for a short time

graze

verb

to eat small amounts of food regularly instead of eating meals

gulp

verb

to swallow food or drink quickly in a way that shows you are very hungry

guzzle

verb

to eat or drink a lot quickly and with great enthusiasm

heartily

adverb

if you eat heartily, you eat everything on your plate with enthusiasm

lick

verb

to move your tongue across something, especially in order to eat it, clean it, or make it wet

lick

noun

the action of licking something

munch

verb

to eat something using your teeth and jaws in a noisy way

nibble

verb

to eat something by taking a lot of small bites

peck at

to eat only a small amount of a meal, without much interest

pick at

to eat only small amounts of a meal because you do not feel hungry

sample

verb

to taste a small amount of food and drink in order to see what it is like

savor

the American spelling of savour

savour

verb

to enjoy the flavour of something as much as you can by eating or drinking it slowly

scarf

verb

to scoff food

scoff

verb

to eat a lot of something very quickly

snack

verb

to eat between meals

spoon

verb

to eat or serve food with a spoon

toy with

to keep pushing food around on your plate, instead of eating it

tuck in

to eat food with enthusiasm because you like it or because you are hungry

tuck into

to eat food with enthusiasm because you like it or because you are hungry

wolf

verb

to eat something very quickly

eat like a bird

to eat very little

sink your teeth into something

to take a bite of something good to eat

eat/drink your fill

to keep eating or drinking until you are not hungry or thirsty any more

smack your lips

to show that you are enjoying food or drink, or are enjoying thinking about it, by making a loud noise with your lips and tongue

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