Which word to use when you don't want to eat more food even though you are not full yet, because the food is too oily and fatty.

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    Do you want to be polite or totally honest? The word full as in "I'm full, I couldn't possibly eat any more" will normally get you get out of these type of situations. It's called a little white lie :) Of course, you could just say: "I'm sorry, but I'm on a diet" (that works for me).
    – Mari-Lou A
    Oct 9, 2014 at 4:45
  • Interested to know if there is a word, I usually say its a bit unhealthy or I am on a diet | put off Oct 9, 2014 at 4:48
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    "lost my appetite"? "disgusted"?
    – Amadan
    Oct 9, 2014 at 6:52
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    I understood :) But you won't find a single word for: I am not full but I don't want to eat this fatty greasy food, even If I'm still a little hungry :)
    – Mari-Lou A
    Oct 9, 2014 at 7:18
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    This sounds like a politeness question hidden inside of a word-choice question. There might very well be a word for not wanting to continue to eat because of the quality of food, but I'm having a hard time imagining any culture except robots where actually using the word would be acceptable to the cook. OK, maybe use it if you're king and you're also a jerk. Even king's need to be polite.
    – Mitch
    Jun 9, 2015 at 20:03

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The concept you are asking about is probably not quite expressible in English by a single adjective, but "I've lost my appetite" is a phrase you can use to imply that you are not eating any more not because you are full, but rather because you cannot make yourself eat any more.

My other suggestion was applicable when relating the event later (to emotionally uninvolved parties): "I was really hungry, but after the first bite I was already thoroughly disgusted." However, somewhat more naturally, you'd describe the food rather than yourself, as "disgustingly greasy" or similar.

Note that "greasy" by itself is not necessarily negative by itself: there are some dishes that are delicious only when they are greasy.


You probably want to say that the food is "too rich." Food is called rich when it has a high amount of fat content to it. This could be greasy food, food with a high dairy content, or other various things. It's hard to eat very much rich food before your stomach will get upset at the high fat content. Usually if you say that the food is delicious but far too rich, people will understand and let you set it aside, and maybe pick up a salad instead!

rich *adjective** 2.2 (of food) containing a large amount of fat, spices, sugar, etc. ‘My friend really loved it, though it was a little too rich for my tastes.’ - ODO


You could use the word queasy, an adjective meaning feeling nauseated or close to it: "No, thank you, I am a bit queasy."

{American Psychological Association (APA): queasy. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary.}

This question has a cultural component. If you are a guest in someone's home, it is most polite to say simply, "No, thank you." or "I do not care for any more." Talking about the food being unappetizing or referring to your body processes is not considerate of the host or the other diners.

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