In this Passage what is the meaning of "scoffing his granola" sentence: He’s a terrible time keeper. We go on and on at the kids about time keeping but the Head’s late for everything. The assembly hall is full and he’s still scoffing his granola.

  • Have you found out what Granola is and when it is eaten? Have you looked up the verb “scoff? – Tuffy Feb 23 at 12:37

"Scoffing" means "eating" and implies a greedy, rushed action. Granola is a breakfast cereal mix. The Head is late for the first assembly because he's still greedily stuffing cereal into his mouth. If we presume that "we" are the teachers who follow the Head's strict timekeeping orders then the use of "scoffing" takes on a perjorative slight.

  • In the US "scoffing down" would be more idiomatic. – Hot Licks Feb 23 at 12:52
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    And I'll note that "scarf down" is probably more common. – Hot Licks Feb 23 at 13:20
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    @HotLicks My gut instinct says scarf is more common than scoff as well, which is interesting considering that scarf is just a variant of scoff that arose as late as the mid-20th century. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 23 at 14:39
  • I prefer my folk etymology, which associates the verb with the cormorant. :) – TRomano Feb 23 at 14:54
  • The question is flagged 'British English', and 'scarf' in this sense appears to be US. – Kate Bunting Feb 23 at 16:36

Even with his breakfast (scoffing his granola) he is late and in a hurry!

scoff TFD

To eat (food) quickly.

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