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fast food

food, as hamburgers, pizza, or fried chicken, that is prepared in quantity by a standardized method and can be dispensed quickly at inexpensive restaurants for eating there or elsewhere.
Origin of fast food
1965-70, Americanism


[fast-food, fahst-] /ˈfæstˈfud, ˈfɑst-/
of or specializing in fast food.
1965-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for fast food

fast food

food that requires little preparation before being served
(of a restaurant, café, etc) serving such food
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for fast food

fast food


: a fast-food chain

noun phrase

Food like hamburgers, fried chicken, etc, cooked and served very rapidly and uniformly, usually by large catering corporations (1951+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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