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04-05-2007, 01:02 PM
Is there a verb for this word? I want a verb that means to eat like a hungry wild beast. Help!

And what's that Snoopy emoticon means??? Is he in a hurry? Happy?

Sandi LeFaucheur
04-05-2007, 01:57 PM
According to Flip Dictionary (which I highly recommend)
To eat ravenously with ugly noises: glunsh, gruffle, yaffle
I have never heard of any of those words, but they must be real.
To eat greedily: devour, engorge, gorge, gormandize, gourmandize, guttle, ingurgitate, wolf

04-05-2007, 02:08 PM
gobbled or gorged

There's several phrases you could use such as "ate like a pig".

04-05-2007, 05:07 PM
The verb of ravenous is 'raven' (as in the present participle ravening), but it is not used any more.

see http://www.word-detective.com/021804.html under 'Snack Time' for more information on 'to raven'.

'Devour' always conjures up images of wild beasts eating for me.

04-05-2007, 05:12 PM
I agree, devour would be good.

04-06-2007, 03:01 AM
Yes! I like devour. I'm going with it, why couldn't I come up with it before? It's such a common word...

Thank you rose, ally, and sandi!


04-06-2007, 09:39 AM
If you want an animal-related verb, how about wolfing, as in wolfing down food. And don't insult ravens; it's bad form.