Words with 食

The kanji 食 relates to food and eating.

Words based on the Japanese reading of 食 include ()べる and (). You can easily determine the appropriate pronunciation when the words are modified (such as for tense or volition) because 食べる will always retain the character べ.

Both words convey a meaning of eating, although they have different connotations. 食べる is the act of eating, such as a meal, wherein you place food in your mouth, bite, chew, and swallow. It is more elegant than 食う.

食う (which can also be written as ()) refers to the act of consuming or devouring one’s food. Compared with 食べる, 食う has more of a rough sound. It is used more by men, and may be seen as vulgar when used by women.

See the Lang-8 posting 「食べる」と「食う」の違い (Japanese) for more details on the difference between 食べる and 食う.

Words using the Chinese-based reading of 食 may be pronounced ショク.

Examples of ()べる

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()べないわねー。うちの()()べるのに…」

Chiya wonders why the rabbits in the park won’t eat the confection she’s offering them, considering the rabbit at her place does eat it.

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()べて大丈夫(だいじょうぶ)(もの)なんですか!?」

Chino asks if dry yeast is safe to eat.

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()けたよー!さっそく()べよ

The bread baked and fresh out of the oven, Cocoa tells everyone to eat it right away.

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()べてみましょう

“Let’s try eating it,” Chiya says as everyone holds their freshly baked creations.

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「こっちのを()べたいんでしょうか?」

Chino suggests maybe the reason the shop’s mascot rabbit is looking their way is because he wants to eat what they’re having.

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「やっぱりキャビアとか()べるんですか?」

Mistakenly thinking Syaro is rich, Chino asks if she has things like caviar to eat. Syaro passes the question over to Rize.

「んー(わたし)がよく()べるのは…」

Rize considers what kind she often has to eat.

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即席(そくせき)()べられるものっていいよな」

Considering she snacks on junk food and meal rations, Rize says foods she is able to eat right away are good.

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「お(ひる)()べようぜ!」

Let’s eat lunch!” Maya exclaims following end-of-class bell.

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「この学校(がっこう)のパン()べて()たかったんだー」

Cocoa tells Chiya she wanted to try (to eat) the school’s bread.

Examples of ()

Is the Order a Rabbit? » Volume 1 » Page 44 (Left) » Panel 4

(さん)(ぼん)(まる)ごと()ったのか!?」

Rize is surprised to hear Cocoa devoured three whole youkan. Her use of 食う is a reflection of the amount of time she’s spent around her military father and his co-workers.

Examples of (しょく) Compounds

Is the Order a Rabbit? » Volume 1 » Page 40 (Right) » Panel 4

「どれも食欲(しょくよく)そそらないぞ」

Seeing the different types of bread her friends have created to potentially sell in the coffee shop, Rize realizes that none of arouse her appetite. This combines 食 (eat, food) and 欲 (desire, craving).

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食文化(しょくぶんか)(ちが)が…」

After Cocoa asks if Chino is on the side of including konnyaku in stew, Chino realizes the two of them have differing food cultures. This combines 食 (food) and 文化 (culture). In English, it can be said that two people have different “tastes in food”, although 食文化 refers more to the culture of food within a region, such as French cuisine, or traditional cuisine.

Is the Order a Rabbit? » Volume 1 » Page 95 (Left) » Panel 2

昨日(きのう)夕食後(ゆうしょくご)にティラミス一つじゃ()りずキッチンに侵入(しんにゅう)した」

Tippy gets carried away with his fortune telling, and reveals how Rize sneaked into the kitchen for a snack after dinner yesterday. This combines 夕 (evening) and 食 (food), meaning dinner, with 後 (later).