food + -ie. According to Wikipedia, the word was coined in 1984 by Paul Levy and Ann Barr for their book, The Official Foodie Handbook. However, Levy credits New York food critic Gael Greene with the coinage. The word was used by Greene in a 1980 article in New York Magazine.
foodie (plural foodies)
- (slang) A person with a special interest in or knowledge of food, a gourmet.
- We self-professed foodies liked to meet in restaurants and talk like experts about what we were eating.