food·​ie | \ ˈfü-dē How to pronounce foodie (audio) \

Definition of foodie

: a person having an avid interest in the latest food fads

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Foodie is a relatively recent addition to our language (dating from the early 1980s), but it derives from a much older word, food, which has been with us for as long as there has been anything that could be called English. Food can be traced back through Middle English to the Old English form fōda, which is itself related to Old High German fuotar, meaning "food" or "fodder," and Latin panis, meaning "bread." Panis is the source for empanada (a turnover with a sweet or savory filling), panatela (a type of cigar), panettone (a kind of bread containing raisins and candied fruit), and pantry (a room used for the storage of provisions).

Examples of foodie in a Sentence

The restaurant is very popular among foodies.
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to being our fearless 5 Things leader, Saeed is also a foodie of the highest order. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for April 16: Indianapolis, coronavirus, police violence, Cuba, UK," 16 Apr. 2021 Brick is a foodie and has been dragging Gage to Gjusta in Venice lately for a post-surf meal. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, "They met in the DMs. Now they’ve sparked a movement to end racism in L.A. surf culture," 26 Mar. 2021 Global is such a safe brand for kitchen knives, for the experienced foodie, home cook, and the professional chef. Samantha Rees, Vogue, "According to Top-Notch Chefs and Restaurateurs, These Are the Best Knives," 15 Mar. 2021 Sturzenegger, who once considered becoming a chef, has found the business to be an ideal fit for a foodie like herself. Elaine Pofeldt, Forbes, "By Making It Easy For Moms To Order Organic Baby Food Online, She Built A Fast-Growing Startup Brand," 27 Feb. 2021 Olynyk said for a foodie such as himself, as with most dinners these days, the trade-off of ambience for safety leads to a longing for the return to normalcy. Ira Winderman,, "Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk, an NBA foodie on the road amid a pandemic, offers his restaurant reviews," 31 Dec. 2020 Harris, an accomplished home cook, was a budding foodie. Washington Post, "Kamala Harris’s D.C.: Bridging Black and White, rich and poor, newly arrived and deeply rooted," 13 Jan. 2021 Inside the four-story, $60 million foodie village, the restaurant is one of 25 vendors curated by taste-makers Clique Hospitality (Lionfish and Johnnie Brown’s in Delray). Phillip Valys,, "Five new South Florida restaurants, five new beacons of hope for 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 Life with a hardcore foodie can be a complicated thing littered with an abundance of pots, pans, knives and various other kitchen gadgets. Paul Stephen,, "8 gifts for the foodie on your holiday shopping list," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of foodie

1980, in the meaning defined above

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21 Apr 2021

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“Foodie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of foodie

informal : a person who enjoys and cares about food very much

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