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From Old High German firezzan, frezzan, from Proto-Germanic *fraetaną. Cognate with Danish fråse, Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 ‎(fraitan), English fret.


fressen ‎(class 5 strong, third-person singular simple present frisst, past tense fraß, past participle gefressen, past subjunctive fräße, auxiliary haben)

  1. (intransitive, of an animal) to eat; to feed
  2. (intransitive, of a person, colloquial) to stuff oneself; to gorge oneself; to eat like a pig
  3. (transitive, of an animal) to devour; to eat (something)
  4. (transitive, of a person, colloquial) to stuff oneself on (something); to gorge on (something)
  5. (transitive, colloquial, figuratively) to guzzle (e.g. gas); to burn through (e.g. money)
  6. (colloquial, perfect only) to despise, to have a pet peeve against
    Den hab' ich ja gefressen.
    Oh god, I hate that person. (Literally: I have eaten him.)


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Fressen contrasts with the more refined essen ‎(to eat).

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