Eating is fundamental, not to mention delicious and enjoyable. Different cultures around the world have their own cuisines, ceremonies, and traditions around eating. An average person eats at least twice a day, so it isn't surprising that there are many slang words used to refer to eating. We have compiled them for you in this article.
Slang Words for Eat (in Alphabetical Order)
- (Verb) Slang term originating from the Philippines and brought to the US by Filipino-American communities. Bogchi is a slang word meaning “to eat” or “get some food.”
- Example: I want some bogchi right now. The event is taking forever.
Bust a Grub
- (Verb) Grub is a popular slang term for food. Bust a grub means simply to eat.
- Example: I haven’t eaten in a while. How about we go to the cafeteria and bust a grub?
- (Verb) To eat lots of unhealthy food.
- Example: Ricky loves junk food. You rarely see him not chawning on some chips.
- (Verb) This slang comes from the US military in the 1940s. It is still pretty popular today as a slang phrase for eating some food. Chow is also used for foods or meals.
- Example: The rations are coming so you better start chowing down. You’ll need the energy for tomorrow.
Clean Your Plate
- (Verb) To eat the entirety of a meal, leaving the plate "clean".
- Example: Kids should always clean their plates. You need the food to grow strong and healthy.
Dine And Dash
- (Verb) The criminal act of eating at an establishment and then suddenly leaving without paying.
- Example: If you're broke, why don't you just cook something simple and eat at home? To dine and dash is so uncool.
Down The Hatch
- (Interjection) This slang implies that food will enter the mouth and go down the throat. Essentially, this slang phrase means that you are eating something.
- Example: Japanese food looks amazing. Down the hatch, it goes!
Eat Someone Out Of House and Home
- (Verb) When you are a guest at someone’s place and you eat excessive amounts of food.
- Example: I had some family staying at my apartment last week. They almost ate me out of house and home.
Get Stuck Into
- (Verb) To consume some drinks or meals.
- Example: Get ready to get stuck into my mom’s cooking. It is the best.
- (Verb) Originating from an old French word meaning “mouthful.” To eat voraciously and quickly.
- Example: The turkey was gone after a few minutes. They just gobbled it up.
Grab Some Grub
- (Verb) Get some food or go out and purchase something to eat.
- Example: The cafeteria closed down for the day. Let’s go outside and grab some grub.
- (Verb) To get a bite of some food.
- Example: Joy and I were about to hit the buffet. You can come and join us.
- (Noun) A guest that eats all the food and drinks all the drinks at the event.
- Example: Kenny is one big hodger. He can’t stop eating and taking from the buffet.
Pack It In
- (Verb) To eat or consume a huge amount of food.
- Example: Pack it in. We rarely have feasts like this.
- (Verb) To consume a large amount of food and eat in a somewhat disgusting manner.
- Example: We couldn’t help but pig out after seeing what they had prepared.