Different ways to EAT in English

Hi English learners! Here is another vocabulary lesson. We are going to look at different ways to eat in English or verbs you can use to describe eating in more ways than one.


To binge eat means to eat too much of something, especially in between meals.

  • Sandra always binges on sweets while watching TV.
  • Mary’s got overweight just because she’s binge eating all day long.


When you make a sound of crushing while eating some hard food, you can say that you crunch.

  • Susan was crunching a hard bonbon in her mouth.
  • The dog was crunching his bone noisily.


To chomp means to eat food noisily.

  • We were at the zoo the other day and saw a panda chomping a bamboo shoot.
  • Sara was happily chomping her way through a hot dog.


If you devour food, then you eat a lot of it in a short time because you are very hungry.

  • Michael was so hungry that he devoured his steak in a few bites.
  • Our dog usually devours a full bowl of food in a second.


If you gorge yourself, then you’ve already eaten too much so you can’t eat any more.

  • Of course you can’t eat proper food after you’ve gorged on nuts.
  • I prefer eating a few smaller meals throughout the day than gorge on large meals.


To munch means to eat something in a noisy, usually irritating way.

  • Peter was munching on an apple while watching the movie.

You can also use the expression “much your way through”.

  • We were watching her munching her way through a full bowl of popcorn.


Nibbling is eating some food such as nuts with small bites.

  • They gave us some nuts to nibble on while watching the football game at the pub.
  • Instead of eating caloric food, you should try nibbling on carrots.


To nosh means to eat a smaller meal.

  • We took a portion of fries to nosh on before the dinner was ready.
  • Make sure to nosh on something before you leave for work.

Pig out

To pig out means to eat large quantities of food at once.

  • Martin can’t help but pig out on pizza when he gets too hungry.
  • We pigged out in the pub last night. I got so stuffed that I could barely breathe.

Wolf down

To wolf down food means to eat something very quickly.

  • Paul was in a  hurry so he wolfed down his sandwich.
  • Don’t wolf down your food. Eat slowly.

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Different ways to EAT in English
Different ways to EAT in English

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