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Borrowed from Old French mangier, from Latin mandūcāre (to chew, (coll.) eat). Doublet of manducare, manicare, and manucare.


  • IPA(key): /manˈd͡ʒ
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  • Rhymes: -are
  • Hyphenation: man‧già‧re


mangiàre (first-person singular present màngio, first-person singular past historic mangiài, past participle mangiàto, auxiliary avére)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) to eat [auxiliary avere]
    Synonym: (archaic, now chiefly humorous) manducare
  2. (intransitive) to tuck in, to start to eat [auxiliary avere]
  3. (intransitive, by extension) to live
    Synonyms: campare, vivere
  4. (transitive, by extension, of insects) to gnaw, to nibble, to eat away at
    Synonyms: rodere, rosicchiare
  5. (transitive, by extension) to consume
    Synonyms: consumare, rodere
    Quella serratura è tutta mangiata dalla ruggine.That lock is completely consumed by rust.
  6. (transitive, figuratively, rare) to dissipate, to squander
    Synonyms: consumare, mangiarsi
    Ha mangiato in breve tempo tutta l’eredità.She dissipated all of her inheritance in a short time.
  7. (intransitive, figuratively) to graft (to obtain illegal gain from dishonest practices, especially in public life) [auxiliary avere]
  8. (transitive, figuratively, card games, checkers, chess) to capture


Derived terms[edit]


mangiare m (uncountable)

  1. eating
  2. (colloquial, dialectal) food, scoff
    Synonyms: cibo, nutrimento

See also[edit]


  • mangiare1 in – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
  • mangiare2 in – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana