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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin spacekitton's Avatar
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    Question ravenous?

    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?

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    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

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    gobbled or gorged

    There's several phrases you could use such as "ate like a pig".
    Last edited by alleycat; 04-05-2007 at 02:11 PM.

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    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.

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    I agree, devour would be good.

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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin spacekitton's Avatar
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    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!


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

    RR

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