foodie

noun
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 An avid foodie and runner, the Columbia native graduated from Elon University's inaugural Interactive Media master's class in 2010. Steve Earley, Baltimore Sun, 11 Apr. 2022 The cable towers — about the size of a 14-story building — would go up aside new high-rises that are in the works, further changing the character of a historic ethnic enclave that has become a foodie and art hot spot. Rachel Urangastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 As an Italian American raised in Queens, Mario Carbone was a foodie almost by default. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2022 Of course, being a foodie means Hendricks loves to watch her fair share of food competition shows, though one reigns supreme for her. Dave Quinn And Marissa Charles, PEOPLE.com, 6 Mar. 2022 What’s more, the 28-year-old foodie has given readers insight into her relationship with Red. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 14 Feb. 2022 Of course, in addition to his successful acting career, Tucci has become known as a celebrity foodie. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 2 Feb. 2022 Connor Barshay, who’s now 14, has long been a foodie who, according to his dad, Ethan, especially favored all things salty, spicy and savory. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 The annual foodie fundraiser highlights local restaurants by signing them up to share special three-course prix-fixe meals that cost only $37 per person. orlandosentinel.com, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of foodie

1980, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Foodie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foodie. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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