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an excuse to eat food off the floor.
Eric: *walking along, sees a piece of candy on the ground* NOM
Jason: Dude...
Eric: 5 SECOND RULE
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An informal notion that food dropped onto the ground is still edible if retrieved within a five second time frame. Variations exist; 30-second rule, 2-minute rule, et cetera.
Damn, that was the last potato chip. Oh well, 5 second rule in effect, right?
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Contrary to the belief, it is actually 5 seconds from when you see the food that you may consume it without it being dirty or at all harmful to your body because, come on, it's only been five seconds.
"Sweet! A cheeto!"
"Dude, that's been there for 3 days."
"But I just saw it, like, 3 seconds ago. 5 second rule yo."
by Sabrina O'Henry May 06, 2007
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Informal:

A popular axiom that deems food dropped onto the groud edible for a period of 5 seconds immediately following its release. Does not apply to porous or otherwise absorptive foods such as frosted cake or ice cream.
-No! Don't eat that!
-Nah, it's O.K. Five second rule!
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if you drop a piece of food on the ground (most likely, something that you've taken a long time to prepare, at a time of crisis right before this needs to be served, or after a long day), you have 5 seconds to pick it up and it will be fine. While it still has germs, these 3 words just may give you peace of mind.
Crap! I just dropped the souffle I've been working on for 3 hours! And Jackie is getting here in 5 minutes! *picks it up* 5 second rule will have to do I guess.
by Meg July 10, 2004
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When stuff you are eating falls on the floor, you have two options. You can pick it up and eat it, or you can throw it out. The five second rule is used when what ever falls is tasty, but you dont want to gross out your friends by eating something dirty. The five second rule, when imposed (usually along with a quick rinse or blow off) makes what ever you still want to eat socially acceptable to eat and void of all dirtyness. The 5 second rule may be be changed to the 10 second rule, the 15 second rul, or the "i have no clue how long its been there" rule.
guy one: dude, you just dropped your good tasting stuff
guy two: aww crap, butter move fast to make the five second rule. This stuff sure isnt good enough for a ten-er or a 15-er.
by Taynton July 09, 2004
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If food drops on the ground, you're still allowed to eat it if it's only been on the ground for 5 seconds or less.
Person 1: Oh shit I dropped my pizza slice
Person 2: 5 second rule!
Person 1: *eats pizza*
by joveblue July 10, 2004
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