English - Etymology
Anglo-Norman _devourer_, Old French _devorer_ (Modern French _dévorer_), from Latin _dēvorō_, from _vorō_.
Anglo-Norman devourer, Old French devorer (Modern French dévorer), from Latin dēvorō, from vorō.
English - Verb
DEVOUR (_third-person singular simple present_ DEVOURS, _present participle_ DEVOURING, _simple past and past participle_ DEVOURED)
* To eat quickly, greedily, hungrily, or ravenously.
* To rapidly destroy, engulf, or lay waste.
_The fire was DEVOURING the building._
* Bible, Isaiah i. 20
If ye refuse […] ye shall be DEVOURED with the sword.
* To take in avidly with the intellect.
_She intended to DEVOUR the book._
* 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, _Nobody_, chapter I:
Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence. She DEVOURED with more avidity than she had her food those pretentiously phrased chronicles of the snobocracy […] distilling therefrom an acid envy that robbed her napoleon of all its savour.
* To absorb or engross the mind fully, especially in a destructive manner.
_After the death of his wife, he was DEVOURED by grief._
* gobble, gorge, consume, devastate, overwhelm, wolf
singular simple present devours, present participle devouring, simple past and past participle devoured)
To eat quickly, greedily, hungrily, or ravenously.
To rapidly destroy, engulf, or lay waste.
The fire was devouring the building.
To take in avidly with the intellect.
She intended to devour the book.
To absorb or engross the mind fully, especially in a
After the death of his wife, he was devoured by grief.