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    Synonyms for "devour"

    Hi teachers,

    He devoured half of his burger in one bite.

    Can I use "gobble, guzzle, bolt, wolf" in place of "devour"?

    PS: While I was looking up these words, I found out that "wolf" and "gobble" were the synonyms.

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    Re: Synonyms for "devour"

    That is correct. "Bolt" is completely wrong.

    "Guzzle" is for liquids. You can guzzle a beer, but not a burger.

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    #3

    Re: Synonyms for "devour"

    Devoured would be best. You can also say:

    He wolfed down his hamburger in one bite!


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    Re: Synonyms for "devour"

    @SoothingDave and others

    So "gobble" and "wolf" are correct.

    But "guzzle" in BrE also means "to eat food quickly and in large amounts", doesn't it?

    Why is "bolt" totally wrong? Can you please explain?
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    Re: Synonyms for "devour"

    We use "bolt" in BrE in a food context.

    I'll just bolt this bowl of soup down and then I'll come and meet you.
    He bolted his sandwich so fast, he felt sick.

    "Guzzle" does not mean "to eat food quickly and in large amounts" in BrE. Why do you think it does? We use it with reference to drinking liquids quickly.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Synonyms for "devour"

    Let me quote the exact words from the Oxford dictionary.

    Guzzle - (informal, usually disapproving) to drink sth quickly and in large amounts. In British English it also means to eat food quickly and in large amounts:
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    Re: Synonyms for "devour"

    Well, I'm happy to nail my colours to the mast and say that I disagree with "the Oxford dictionary". Can you let us know which one and which edition please?
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    Re: Synonyms for "devour"

    Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English (sixth edition)
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    Re: Synonyms for "devour"

    I am not a teacher.

    I agree with emsr2d2.

    I thought I'd have a look at oxforddictionaries.com to see what they have to say, and to my surprise their definition says, 'Eat or drink (something) greedily'. They then go on to give examples of usage, all of which are to do with liquids.

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    Re: Synonyms for "devour"

    not a teacher

    I wouldn't say that I never hear "guzzle" in reference to eating rather than drinking, but it is much rarer. It's not until the 6th page of fraze-it that we find an example from the Telegraph: "There are apples, plums and walnuts to guzzle as we walk". telegraph.co.uk
    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?hardm=1&0&l=0&p=6&q=guzzle
    The next is on page 11. Amongst a few examples of electricity and money, the vast majority are liquids.

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