Definition of calorific in US English:



  • 1Relating to the amount of energy contained in food or fuel.

    ‘she knew the calorific contents of every morsel’
    • ‘Leaving aside the high calorific content, this type of food is actively bad for you and will deplete your immune system.’
    • ‘At the very least, consumers have to be told the calorific and fat content, maybe even the saturated fat.’
    • ‘His daily calorific intake may reach a whopping 7,000 calories.’
    • ‘Currently on his world tour, he has been bombarding the Evening Press with emails detailing his daily calorific intake.’
    • ‘It is an orgy of calorific excess.’
    • ‘I have been resupplying the boat with food which is an interesting task as you have to keep it simple, light, calorific and easy to cook.’
    • ‘The traditional Okinawan diet, he said, is high in green and yellow vegetables, as well as tofu in various forms, but low in calorific density.’
    • ‘A diet rich in fat is therefore concentrated and calorific, and tends to lead to obesity.’
    • ‘Two party patrons swooning over the calorific Oreos were Patty Godfrey and Lyn Stewart.’
    • ‘She and her other two cast mates are left to dig into the naughty, calorific buffet.’
    • ‘In fact, the calorific difference between a glass of red and white wine is marginal, but the potential health benefits to your heart of a soft, lushly fruited Syrah like this tips the balance towards the red.’
    • ‘Last week, science was busy counting the calorific intake of Homer Simpson, concluding his addiction to doughnuts places his fat intake on the high side.’
    • ‘Moreover, many of those who have good access to sufficient food for their calorific needs nonetheless suffer from nutrition insecurity.’
    • ‘Here, calorific intake, as well as how much oxygen a child breathes and how much carbon dioxide is exhaled, can be precisely recorded.’
    • ‘I am sure if I had his kind of metabolism I would be able to enjoy such a calorific dinner, but as I don't I am happy to stick to smaller, safer, appetizers instead.’
    • ‘In official quarters, there is also a refusal to admit that society's obsession with the safety, calorific content, amount or quality of the food that we eat is more unhealthy than any number of fad diets or burger bars.’
    • ‘The average daily calorific intake of the Bushmen women seems to be about 1100 calories.’
    • ‘With all these measures and the consumption of horses, dogs, cats, and rats, each working man got about a tenth of the normal calorific intake.’
    • ‘He seldom touches food with a high calorific content, like beef.’
    • ‘Some labels will carry information on the right calorific intake for an ‘average’ person, but that is not helpful for the many non-average consumers.’
    1. 1.1 (of food or drink) containing many calories and so likely to be fattening.
      ‘there is fruit salad for those who can resist the more calorific concoctions’
      • ‘Mississippi, famous for its calorific mud pie, ranked the highest, followed by Alabama and West Virginia.’
      • ‘She has become addicted to fried chicken and calorific milkshakes in the last stages of her pregnancy.’
      • ‘But bran flakes, like salad, don't count as calorific food.’
      • ‘It could happen that your name might be attached to calorific sweet sauces, but what memorial is that!’
      • ‘Acetylene is the most calorific of the three, and so is the most likely candidate.’
      • ‘That's so calorific that no one drinks it.’


Late 17th century: from Latin calorificus, from calor ‘heat’.