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I’m stuffed! (And other ways to say “no” to more food in English.) Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Culture, English Vocabulary

Image "Perfect Breakfast" by Mark Longair on Flickr.com.

Image “Perfect Breakfast” by Mark Longair on Flickr.com.

We all know that when travelling we are likely to eat a lot of food, often good food, especially if we stay in someone else’s home. Sometimes it is hard to say ‘no’ to food your host is giving you because you don’t want to be impolite. Food is an important part of every culture and it is one way we share our culture and our love, but when you are done eating you shouldn’t have to stuff yourself just to be polite.

In America, at least, it is okay to let a host know that you have had enough to eat and you don’t want anymore. This isn’t rude.  You won’t offend anyone by saying ‘no thank you’ to another bowl of soup or piece of cake.

There are a number of ways in English you can let someone know that you are full. Learning these different expressions is a good idea before you are invited over to someone’s house for a meal, so that you do not feel like you have to eat everything that is presented to you and so you can let people know when you are done eating.

Simple ways of saying ‘I’m done eating’ in English:

I’m full.

I’m stuffed.


Other good ways to say ‘I’m done eating’ in English:

Thank you, I couldn’t eat another bite.  It was all so good!

I couldn’t eat another bite I am so full/stuffed.

Everything was so delicious I am completely full.

I have had more than enough already, I just can’t eat any more.


Here are few contextual conversations for you to see how these expressions might be used.


A: Jill do you want a piece of pie?

B: Oh thank you, but no, I couldn’t eat another bite. I am so full.


C: Andrew, let me serve you some more turkey.

D: I have had more than enough already, thank you. I just can’t eat anymore.


E: Betsy, did you like the fish, let me give you some more?

F: Oh thank you, but I am stuffed.


You may notice in each of these conversations, no matter what expression is used to express that you are done eating, the words ‘thank you’ are also always used when declining any more food. American’s tend to say thank you, to be polite, when refusing something. In English it is almost never a bad idea to include ‘thank you’ when someone is offering you something whether you accept it or not.

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Hi there! I am one of Transparent Language's ESL bloggers. I am a 32-year-old native English speaker who was born and raised in the United States. I am living in Washington, DC now, but I have lived all over the US and also spent many years living and working abroad. I started teaching English as a second language in 2005 after completing a Master's in Applied Linguists and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults' (CELTA). Since that time I have taught ESL in the United States at the community college and university level. I have also gone on to pursue my doctorate in psychology and now I also teach courses in psychology. I like to stay connected to ESL learners around the world through Transparent Languages ESL Blog. Please ask questions and leave comments on the blog and I will be sure to answer them.


  1. Javi:

    there is one expression which is far more common but not taught to ESL student. No thank you. I’m good.

    • gabriele:

      @Javi Javi, Thank you for your comment. “No thank you. I’m good.” is a good casual expression to also use.

  2. Ali:

    In New Zealand English, “I’m stuffed” more commonly means “I’m exhausted”. I wouldn’t advise someone learning English to use it at the dinner table in New Zealand as although it can mean full, it’s not considered polite.