Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a. used to describe an establishment serving this kind of food alt. used to describe an establishment serving this kind of food n. 1 A type of meal that is often standardized, pre-prepared, and served quickly. 2 A type of food that is quickly made, but of low nutritional value; junk food. 3 Anything standardized, quickly available, and inexpensive, often, of low value.
n. inexpensive food (hamburgers or chicken or milkshakes) prepared and served quickly
Fast food, a type of mass-produced food that is prepared and served very quickly, was first popularized in the 1950s in the United States, and is typically less nutritionally valuable compared to other foods and dishes. While any meal with low preparation time can be considered fast food, typically the term refers to food sold in a restaurant or store with preheated or precooked ingredients, and served to the customer in a packaged form for take-out/take-away. Fast food restaurants are traditionally distinguished by their ability to serve food via a drive-through. The term "fast food" was recognized in a dictionary by Merriam–Webster in 1951.
Outlets may be stands or kiosks, which may provide no shelter or seating, or fast food restaurants (also known as quick service restaurants). Franchise operations that are part of restaurant chains have standardized foodstuffs shipped to each restaurant from central locations.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), fast foods are quick alternatives to home-cooked meals. They are also high in saturated fat, sugar, salt and calories.
Eating too much fast food has been linked to, among other things, colorectal cancer, obesity and high cholesterol.
The traditional family dinner is increasingly being replaced by the consumption of takeaway, or eating "on the run". As a result, the time invested on food preparation is getting lower and lower, with an average couple in the United States spending 47 minutes and 19 minutes per day, carrying out food preparation.
Fast Food (sometimes referred to as Fast Food Dizzy) is an arcade-style maze video game in the vein of Pac-Man featuring the video game character, Dizzy the anthropomorphic egg designed by the British-born Oliver Twins. The game was originally released in December, 1987 and published by Codemasters. It was the third game to feature Dizzy.
Dizzy's aim in each maze is to gather all of the food (burgers, pizzas, etc.): some of the food also moves around the maze, either evading Dizzy or trying to meet him. Dizzy is pursued by four mushroom-like monsters: Bonzo, Wizza, Pippa, and Fido. Power-ups and breakable walls add to the complexity of the game.
Because of the simplicity of designing arcade-style video games, the game was playable within three days of work; the developers only took two more weeks to finalize the graphics, interface and music.
The game was originally to be a marketing tool for the Happy Eater chain of restaurants, but this idea was dropped during development and Dizzy was added to the game.
A shortened, altered version of the game, entitled Easter Eggstravaganza Dizzy, was made available on Amiga Action and ST Action coverdiscs in May 1993. Completion of this game would give players a code which would allow them to enter a competition in the magazine.
Fast Food is an Atari 2600 game written by Don Ruffcorn and published by Telesys in 1982.
Fast Food is a 1989 American comedy film starring Jim Varney, Traci Lords, Michael J. Pollard, Blake Clark and Pamela Springsteen.
Fast food is the term given to food that can be prepared and served very quickly.
Fast food may also refer to:
- Fast Food (film), a 1989 American film
- Fast Food (video game), a 1982 game for the Atari 2600
- Fast Food (1987 video game), a game in the Dizzy franchise
- A brand of snack cracker, popular in the 1980s
Fast Food is a 1999 British film starring Gerard Butler and written and directed by Stewart Sugg.