hand-fed ˈhan(d)-ˈfed How to pronounce hand-feed (audio) ; hand-feeding

transitive verb

: to feed by hand
He does not just hunt sharks, he hand-feeds them live salmon from a submerged cage.Rick Reilly

Examples of hand-feed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guests can snorkel the artificial Grand Reef teeming with fish and graceful rays, spend hours floating the lazy river that winds under waterfalls, and hand-feed birds in the aviary. Angela Caraway-Carlton, Miami Herald, 15 May 2024 Trying to reason with someone like that is like trying to hand-feed a shark. Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 Beyond the bustle of cleaning wounds and hand-feeding animals — some of the babies need to be fed every one to two hours — there’s the sheer amount of housekeeping that goes into caring for this many animals. Jess McHugh, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2024 According to Australia media, the couple visited the zoo for a private tour and were photographed hand-feeding a kangaroo and snapping selfies in between assorted PDA. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 The Memphis Zoo welcomed the baby pygmy slow loris in a Jan. 29 Facebook video, which showed the endangered primate being hand-fed by staff. Makiya Seminera, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Gavin Newsom was in his element, hand-feeding dishy commentary to an eager political press corps. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2023 Her faithful furry companions enjoyed lives of luxury, including an elaborate menu of foods that Queen Elizabeth would often hand-feed to them herself, according to former royal chef Darren McGrady. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 4 Sep. 2023 At breakfast, guests can hand-feed the lofty animals through dining room windows. Heather Richardson, Travel + Leisure, 11 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hand-feed was in 1794

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“Hand-feed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand-feed. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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