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[luhnch-boks] /ˈlʌntʃˌbɒks/
a small container, usually of metal or plastic and with a handle, for carrying one's lunch from home to school or work.
Also called lunchpail, lunchbucket
[luhnch-buhk-it] /ˈlʌntʃˌbʌk ɪt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of lunchbox
First recorded in 1860-65; lunch + box1 Unabridged
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  • Such variety makes it quite unnecessary to have an egg sandwich or hard-boiled eggs in the lunch box each day.

  • Fanny got up before six every morning of that Easter vacation, and went to the mill, lunch box in hand.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • Jimmie, with a gesture of disgust, threw his lunch box on the table and dropped into a chair.

    Bought and Paid For Arthur Hornblow
  • Just where the vegetation met the white, sea-washed sand, Linda spread the Indian blanket, and Donald brought the lunch box.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • His idea of a lunch box was a jug or a rope to freeze soup onto like a candle.

  • Then she hastily put on her own field clothes and ran to the kitchen to fill the lunch box.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Another boy opened his lunch box as he passed, and shook out the pieces of bread, left from his lunch.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • Each girl carried a lunch box and they had been about to hunt a pretty spot, near a spring, and satisfy their appetites.

    The Girls of Central High on Track and Field David Goodger (
  • Mrs. Comstock raked together the coals in the cooking stove, got out the lunch box, and sitting down she studied it grimly.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
British Dictionary definitions for lunch box


a container for carrying a packed lunch
(Brit & Austral, jocular) a man's genitals
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Contemporary definitions for lunch box

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a container for regularly carrying one's midday meal; also written lunch box's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for lunch box



A confused or ignorant person; someone out of touch with reality; ditzo (1960s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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