food coma

noun

plural food comas
informal : a state of sleepiness or sluggishness that is experienced after eating a large meal
Overeating is probably the main culprit for most people's Thanksgiving Day food coma.Matthew Cenzon
After my decadent dinner, I'm thrilled to be within crawling distance of my room. I enter the white sanctuary … and immediately lie down to wait for my food coma to abate.Robin Cherry

Examples of food coma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fight the Thanksgiving food coma and try to scroll through them all. Jake Smith, Glamour, 24 Nov. 2023 Here’s the situation: You’re parked on the couch, falling into a food coma and looking forward to a hunt tomorrow. The Editors, Field & Stream, 23 Nov. 2023 This year’s selections include a wide array that will get any passionate record collector motivated enough to rustle out of that Thanksgiving food coma and head out to their local record store early Friday morning. Ron Hart, SPIN, 22 Nov. 2023 Welcome to Screen Gab, the newsletter for everyone who needs something to watch between food comas this weekend. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 The familiar drive promises a day full of throwing horseshoes, good-natured teasing from loud uncles, and a potluck dinner that puts you in a food coma. Betsy Cribb Watson, Southern Living, 24 Aug. 2023 Opt instead for this lighter option that's doesn't skimp on delicious flavor but won't leave you in a lethargic food coma after dinner. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 13 July 2023 Shoppers across the country fight off the post-Thanksgiving food coma to score major markdowns on everything from flat-screen TVs to kitchen appliances. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 1 June 2023 Before surrendering to a Thanksgiving food coma, many of us will be spending our free time today bingeing content from our favorite streaming services. Andy Meek, BGR, 24 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of food coma was in 1987

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“Food coma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/food%20coma. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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