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From Middle High German frezzen, from Old High German frezzan, firezzan, from Proto-Germanic *fraetaną. Cognate with Dutch vreten, English fret, Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 (fraitan), Swedish fräta.


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

  1. (transitive or intransitive, of an animal) to eat; to feed on; to devour
  2. (transitive or intransitive, of a person, derogatory) to stuff oneself; to gorge oneself; to eat like a pig
    Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral.
    First comes the stomach, then comes ethics.
  3. (figuratively, chiefly reflexive) to eat away (e.g. metal) [+ durch (object)]
  4. (figuratively, transitive) to consume, to guzzle, to burn (e.g. fuel, money)
  5. (transitive, colloquial, perfect only) to despise, to have a pet peeve against
    Den hab ich ja gefressen!I can’t stand that guy! (literally, “I have eaten that one.”)


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  • English: fress (or from Yiddish)

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