This word entry contains ASL signs for 'eat', phrasal verbs, synonyms, and more vocabulary.
How do you sign "eat" in American Sign Language?
Meaning: Put food into the mouth and chew and swallow it.
Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant flat "O" hand (handshape) with the fingertips facing the face (orientation) taps twice (movement) on the lips (location).
Usage examples: "need to eat something", "have you eaten yet?", "let's eat out", and many usages.
Same sign for FOOD. Whether it's a noun or a verb depends on what position this sign is in a sentence.
There are some more synonyms for EAT below.
Meaning: To put food into mouth using a spoon or a fork (e.g. eating cereal, soup, and such).
Not much usage. When it's used occasionally, it's usually by Deaf fluent and native signers. Examples: "this morning, I was in rush, quickly eating a bowl of cereal before zooming out".
Meaning: To put food into mouth such as eating some popcorn, nuts, or such.
Usage/context examples: "we munched some popcorns while watching a movie".
eat up -- to finish all food; to eat all of something. Use EAT+[gloss].
eat up -- to use or consume a large amount of resources or time. See CONSUME.
Related signs: NIBBLE, FEED, CHEW, DEVOUR, GUZZLE, CONSUME, SWALLOW, GULP, MUNCH.
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