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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [pab-yuh-luh m]
    • /ˈpæb yə ləm/
    • /ˈpæ.bjʊ.ləm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [pab-yuh-luh m]
    • /ˈpæb yə ləm/

Definitions of pabulum word

  • noun pabulum something that nourishes an animal or vegetable organism; food; nutriment. 1
  • noun pabulum material for intellectual nourishment. 1
  • noun pabulum pablum (def 2). 1
  • noun pabulum food 0
  • noun pabulum food for thought, esp when bland or dull 0
  • noun pabulum food or sustenance 0

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Origin of pabulum

First appearance:

before 1670
One of the 47% oldest English words
1670-80; < Latin pābulum food, nourishment, equivalent to pā(scere) to feed (akin to food) + -bulum noun suffix of instrument

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Parts of speech for Pabulum


pabulum popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

pabulum usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for pabulum

noun pabulum

  • aliment — something that nourishes or sustains the body or mind
  • cookery — Cookery is the activity of preparing and cooking food.
  • eatables — edible.
  • edibles — fit to be eaten as food; eatable; esculent.
  • food — any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.

adj pabulum

  • banal — If you describe something as banal, you do not like it because you think that it is so ordinary that it is not at all effective or interesting.
  • bland — If you describe someone or something as bland, you mean that they are rather dull and unexciting.
  • cliched — If you describe something as clichéd, you mean that it has been said, done, or used many times before, and is boring or untrue.
  • cornball — Cornball means the same as corny.
  • cornfed — fed on corn

adjective pabulum

  • lacklustre — lacking brilliance or radiance; dull: lackluster eyes.
  • longanimous — Long-suffering; patient; showing self-control and restraint.
  • nerdy — Slang. of or like a nerd.
  • noplace — nowhere.
  • nowhere — in or at no place; not anywhere: The missing pen was nowhere to be found.

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