from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A person who has an ardent or refined interest in food; a gourmet: "in the culinary fast lane, where surprises are expected and foodies beg to be thrilled” ( Boston Globe).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person with a special interest in or knowledge of food, a gourmet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
food + -ie. According to Wikipedia, the word was coined in 1984 by Paul Levy and Ann Barr for their book, The Official Foodie Handbook. However, Levy credits New York food critic Gael Greene with the coinage. The word was used by Greene in a 1980 article in New York Magazine. (Wiktionary)