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Words used to describe the state or consistency of food

buttery

adjective

buttery food has a lot of butter in it, or tastes as if it has butter in it

calorific

adjective

containing a lot of calories and therefore likely to make you fat

caramelised

a British spelling of caramelized

caramelized

adjective

caramelized food has a layer of slightly burnt sugar on it

chewy

adjective

chewy food has to be chewed for some time before it is soft enough to swallow

chilled

adjective

chilled food or drink has been made cold in order to make it more pleasant or to keep it fresh

cool

adjective

food that is cool is no longer hot

cream

noun

used about food that contains cream

creamy

adjective

containing or made from cream

crisp

adjective

crisp food is firm in a pleasant way and makes a noise when you bite it

crispy

adjective

food that is crispy is firm in a pleasant way, and makes a noise when you bite it

crunchy

adjective

crunchy foods make a loud noise when you bite them

crystallized

adjective

crystallized fruits or sweet foods are covered with sugar crystals

deep pan

adjective

a deep pan pizza has a thick dough base

diabetic

adjective

made for people who have diabetes

diet

noun

containing less sugar or fat than other similar foods

digestible

adjective

food that is digestible is easily changed into substances that your body needs

dry

adjective

dry food contains little or no liquid, such as fat or juice

fat-free

adjective

containing no fat

fattening

adjective

making you fat

fatty

adjective

containing a lot of fat

fatty

adjective

consisting of fat

filling

adjective

food that is filling makes you feel full quickly

fleshy

adjective

containing flesh

floury

adjective

covered with flour

fluffy

adjective

food that is fluffy is soft and light because it contains a lot of air

fresh

adjective

fresh food has been recently picked, caught, or prepared

fruity

adjective

containing a lot of fruit

GM

adjective

genetically modified: used for describing crops whose genes have been changed to give them particular qualities, or for describing foods made from them

greasy

adjective

prepared with a lot of oil or fat

green

adjective

made from the green leaves of vegetables

heavy

adjective

food that is heavy is rather solid and not enjoyable

herbal

adjective

connected with herbs, or made from herbs

iced

adjective

an iced cake or biscuit is covered with icing

indigestible

adjective

indigestible food is difficult for your body to digest

instant

adjective

instant food or drink can be prepared in a very short time, usually by adding hot water

jammy

adjective

covered and sticky with jam

light

adjective

food or drink that is light has less fat or alcohol than other similar food or drink. This word is sometimes spelt lite on food labels

lite

adjective

a spelling of ‘light’ that is often used in the names of foods and drinks that contain less sugar or fat than usual

live

adjective

live yoghurt contains the living bacteria that are used to make it

lo-cal

adjective

low-calorie

low

adjective

used about foods that contain a smaller amount of a substance than usual

low-cal

adjective

low-calorie

low-calorie

adjective

low-calorie foods or drinks help people to lose weight because they do not contain many calories

low-fat

adjective

low-fat food contains only a small amount of fat

mentholated

adjective

containing menthol

microwavable

adjective

able to be cooked in a microwave

microwaveable

another spelling of microwavable

milky

adjective

containing milk or a liquid that looks like milk

mushroom

noun

containing or made from mushrooms

non-fat

adjective

non-fat food and drinks contain no fat or very little fat

nourishing

adjective

providing the food needed to live, grow, and be healthy

nutritive

adjective

a nutritive substance is one that is used by living things to help them to grow and be healthy

nutritive

adjective

connected with nutrition

nutty

adjective

containing nuts, or having the taste of nuts

organic

adjective

organic food or drink is produced using no or only a small number of artificial chemicals and methods

peanut

noun

containing or made with peanuts

perishable

adjective

perishable food decays after a short time, especially if it is not kept cold

picnic

noun

used about the things that you use or eat at a picnic

plain

adjective

plain food is simple and does not have a lot of things added to it

raw

adjective

raw food has not been cooked, or has not been thoroughly cooked

rich

adjective

containing a lot of things such as butter, eggs, or cream that make your stomach feel full very quickly

skinny

adjective

low in fat

slimline

adjective

containing fewer calories than usual in order not to make you fat

sloppy

adjective

sloppy food is not thick or solid enough

soupy

adjective

containing too much liquid

soused

adjective

kept in a liquid such as vinegar or alcohol for a long time

spoilt

adjective

spoilt food has started to decay

starchy

adjective

starchy foods have a lot of starch in them

sticky

adjective

sticky food contains a lot of sugar and has a sticky surface

stodgy

adjective

stodgy food is heavy and makes you feel too full

strained

adjective

put through a strainer to remove any lumps

stringy

adjective

full of fibres and difficult to cut and eat

stuffed

adjective

stuffed meat or vegetables have been filled with some other type of food

sugar-coated

adjective

covered in sugar

tender

adjective

tender food is soft and easy to cut and eat

tough

adjective

food, especially meat, that is tough is very difficult to cut and chew

unclean

adjective

unclean food or drink cannot be eaten or drunk by people belonging to a particular religion

uneaten

adjective

not eaten

unrefined

adjective

unrefined products such as sugar and oil have not been changed from their natural state

vegetarian

adjective

relating to or intended for vegetarians

warmed-over

adjective

warmed-up for eating

warmed-up

adjective

warmed-up food had gone cold but has been heated again to make it warm enough to eat

wheaten

adjective

made using wheat

whipped

adjective

food that is whipped has had air mixed into it, so that it is very light

aphrodisiac

adjective

floured

adjective

scrambled

adjective

sugared

adjective

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