I am looking for the transitive verb that is to potables that “Feed” is to comestibles.
If I don’t have the use of my arms, and am hungry…I would ask someone to “Feed me that banana.” However, if I am thristy and the same scenario applies, I can’t say “Feed me that water.” So, I am looking for the word that would complete this sentence: “_____ me that water.”
Well, the closest I could come was “slake”, defined by Dictionary.com as follows:
v. slaked, slak·ing, slakes.
1.To satisfy (a craving); quench: slaked her thirst.
2.To lessen the force or activity of; moderate: slaking his anger.
3.To cool or refresh by wetting or moistening.
4.To combine (lime) chemically with water or moist air.
Notice definition 3 comes close but implies EXTERNAL rather than INTERNAL liquid refreshment. And it doesn’t quite plug into the example sentence very well: i.e. “Slake me some water”.
Maybe we need to invent a word. Any nominees?
“Pour” is the closest thing I can think of immediately, though it doesn’t generally imply the act of pouring directly into another’s mouth.
How about “serve”? It’s a stretch, though.
Back when I worked in a hospital and we had to assist patients, the term we used was “serve,” although if we said “feed him his water” everyone knew what we meant.
I suppose another correct, though very odd-sounding, constuction would be “nurse” as in nursing an infant, but again, it normally has a different context.
How about hydrate? It’s a bit clinical and really only covers water, but otherwise it seems to fit.
Yeah! Make the water into ice cubes and you won’t have to worry!
Why not “Please water me”? Plants can be fed & watered, why not peoples?
I don’t think “feed” is so wrong, Mr. Smart Alec[k]. One of the definitions of “feed” in the online Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is:
If they used it in the context of human blood in Little Shop of Horrors–“Feed me, Seymour!”–it can’t be all bad…
(#623 on my “things I learned from the movies”…)
Enright3, Pipeliner’s not going to be very happy with you.
Provide, serve, and feed all seem equally good and equally not quite what you want. I suspect that there isn’t a word. What do you say when you make someone drink alcohol they don’t really want? You “fed them drinks” possibly? Why not go with that?
I see I clearly am guilty of a breech of etiquette. I didn’t indicate where you called me your hero. (Although the thread had something to do with ketchup packets, if I recall)
I feel so, so, … so cheap! How many heros have you had, anyway? Is pipeliner a better hero than me? Who was a better hero? I was there for you! Where was pipeliner on those tough nights? Out being someone else’s hero, I’ll bet! Not me. I was committed to being YOUR hero. ~sniffle, sniffle~
Get away from me, I don’t want you to see me like this!
I have plum forgot when I called you my hero. I’m just so fickle, as Gazoo likes to point out. Oooooh, how I hate Gazoo…
I don’t think there is a direct correlation. The closest is probably “serve” or “give” or “get”. Or
“I am thirsty. Would you please provide me some liquid sustenance?”
If I might ask, is there a specific reason you need that specific phrasing?
How 'bout “squirt me some water”?
How did you find a word like that? Did you know that word off the top of your head?
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Fetch me some water, please.