General English


  • verb to feed on low-growing plants
  • verb to put animals in a field to eat grass

Media Studies



  • verb to eat while standing up and/or occupied in some other activity. A piece of yuppie jargon from the late 1980s.

Origin & History of “graze”

there is no difficulty about the etymology of graze ‘feed on grass’: it was formed in Old English times as a derivative of the noun græs (modern English grass). But what about graze in the sense ‘scrape lightly’, first recorded in the 17th century? In the absence of any convincing alternative candidates, it is usually taken to be simply a special use of graze ‘feed on grass’, in the sense ‘remove grass close to the ground’, as some animals do in grazing – like a ‘close shave’, in fact.