Part of speech: noun
Origin: American English, 1990s
Crops that have been genetically engineered
Food made from ingredients that have been genetically engineered
Examples of Frankenfood in a sentence
"You might be surprised to discover some common items at grocery stores are Frankenfoods and made from genetically modified components."
"Her New Year’s resolution was to avoid all Frankenfoods and only eat organic items she cooked herself."
Popularity Over Time
Genetically modified organism (GMO) food is also known as Frankenfood. While the term “GMO” often gets a bad rap, it’s not always a bad thing. Some genetic modifications make it possible to grow more crops in a wide variety of situations. Thanks to GMO foods, drought-stricken areas can grow crops that don’t need as much water.
Did you Know?
We can thank the 1818 book “Frankenstein” for this and many other Franken-words. In Mary Shelley’s horror classic, Dr. Frankenstein creates a disturbing creature from scavenged body parts. Now, anything considered unnatural or pieced together can be labeled “Franken-.” Keep an eye out for Frankenfood, Frankenshoes, Frankenstorms, and Frankenwords.