FOOD in sign language

The signed 'food' is one of few easiest signs. Although full-fledged signed languages around the world are abstract and not easy to understand, few ASL basics such as "food" are easy words to learn or recognize.

ASL signs for 'food'

"How do you sign 'food' in American Sign Language?"

Meaning: Any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink or that plants absorb in order to maintain life and growth.

Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant flat "O" hand with the fingers and thumb facing the mouth taps on the mouth twice.

The sign for "EAT" is the same as this sign. Whether this sign is a noun or a verb depends on the sentence structure.

Related concepts: COOK, FEED.

Food phrases

Too tired to cook for dinner tonight? Order some fast food from a RESTAURANT.

Meaning: Of, relating to, or specializing in food that can be prepared and served quickly.

Vocabulary: PIZZA, TACO, SPAGHETTI, etc.

Sometimes it indulges to eat some salty junk food once in a while...

Meaning: Food that is high in calories but low in nutritional content.

Like some vocabulary: HAMBURGER, French fries, HOT DOG, etc. Or, some sweets and snacks like a CANDY, COOKIE, ICE CREAM, etc.

Healthy food is the food of life that it deserves a word without the adjective "healthy" in it.

Meaning: natural food that is thought to have health-giving qualities or vital nutrients.

Examples of (the real) food are FRUIT, VEGETABLE, NUT, whole GRAIN, FISH...

Feeling thirsty? See DRINK.

Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL writing for FOOD

Written ASL: si5s.

Written ASL for food

Writing system: ASLwrite.

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