Definition of


  1. (verb, consumption) eat greedily
  2. (verb, consumption) eat immoderately
  3. (verb, contact) destroy completely
  4. (verb, emotion) enjoy avidly

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Synonyms of Devour

consume, down, go through, guttle, pig, raven

Alternate forms of Devour

Derivations: devourer

Hypernyms: bask, destroy, eat, enjoy, relish, ruin, savor, savour

Origin of the word Devour

  1. early 14c., from O.Fr. devorer, from L. devorare "swallow down," from de- "down" + vorare "swallow" (see voracious). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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