What do we call someone who hurriedly pounds on food and eats like as though never seen before. I would like to know an alternate word for that person, either an adjective or noun.
I would use either bolt or scoff as in
He bolted his food so fast he finished his starter before I had raised my fork.
From online dictionaries a description is:
Bolt: To eat (food) hurriedly and with little chewing
I would call them a glutton:
: one given habitually to greedy and voracious eating and drinking
The adjectival form is gluttonous.
You could say he gobbled up everything on the table. For your friend you could say he is a gobbler.
According to The Free Dictionary gobbler means:
gobbler - a hasty eater who swallows large mouthfuls.
Bolt may be what you are looking for:
- The act of bolting food.
1835 J. Wilson in Blackwood's Mag. 37 133 The difference between a civilized swallow and a barbarous bolt.
Also there is the term boarding-house manners ... presumably since when you live in a boarding house you must eat quickly before the food runs out. And those who have lived in a boarding house at one time may retain this habit.
The verb guzzle means “eat or drink greedily”, and the noun guzzler is derived from that. It’s commonly used in the phrase “gas guzzler” to describe a motor vehicle with poor fuel economy.
Tachyphagia - is the word that means to eat rapidly or fast. You can look the word up in the Concise English Dictionary - or just search on internet
Gourmand comes to mind, "a person who is fond of good eating, often indiscriminatingly and to excess."
I would say that such a person "stuffs their face" which I like for vividness. I was going to suggest that you could coin "face-stuffer" -- but if you google the phrase, you'll see that others already have.
Devourer might be suitable for you.
to swallow or eat up hungrily, voraciously, or ravenously. to consume destructively, recklessly, or wantonly
"Chow-hound" reads like it fits what you're looking for best. The word kind of defines itself: One who wolfs food down, like a wolf or dog. Or, to be more polite: One who eats with great gusto. (Noun - as in, "You're such a chow-hound; wait 'til everyone is served," or "Don't be a chow-hound and pass the dish.")
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