- to eat lunch: We lunched quite late today.
- to provide lunch for: They lunched us in regal fashion.
- out to lunch, Slang. not paying attention or tending to business; negligent: You must have been out to lunch when you wrote that weird report.
Origin of lunch
Examples from the Web for lunching
I was lunching with an old friend at one of our favorite farm-to-table molecular gastronomy food trucks in Larchmont proper.Aubrey Plaza’s Great Disconnect
August 15, 2014
Diplomacy traditionally has been the art of lunching with the right people at the right time.Inside the Other Situation Room
May 19, 2011
After lunching on a caprese salad sandwich, Lynch lit up an American Spirit cigarette and sat down to talk about his paintings.David Lynch's Twisted Art
Peter Owen Nelson
September 16, 2009
I was lunching with William next day, and I told him about the subaltern.
I should be delighted, but unfortunately I am lunching with a friend.
I think I can't do better than inaugurate my new 'ism' by lunching there to-day.
I was lunching at my club, a club of which Gorman is also a member.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
Her father was there, lunching with one of the superintendents of the museum.
- a meal eaten during the middle of the day
- Caribbean (among older people) mid-afternoon tea
- (intr) to eat lunch
- (tr) to provide or buy lunch for
Word Origin and History for lunching
"mid-day repast," 1786, shortened form of luncheon (q.v.). The verb meaning "to take to lunch" (said to be from the noun) also is attested from 1786:
PRATTLE. I always to be ſure, makes a point to keep up the dignity of the family I lives in. Wou'd you take a more ſolid refreſhment?--Have you lunch'd, Mr. Bribe?
BRIBE. Lunch'd O dear! Permit me, my dear Mrs. Prattle, to refreſh my sponge, upon the honey dew that clings to your raviſhing pouters. O! Mrs. Prattle, this ſhall be my lunch. (kiſſes)
["The Mode," in William Davies' "Plays Written for a Private Theatre," London, 1786]
But as late as 1817 the only definition of lunch in Webster's is "a large piece of food." OED says in 1820s the word "was regarded either as a vulgarism, or as a fashionable affectation." Related: Lunched; lunching. Lunch money is attested from 1868; lunch-time (n.) is from 1821; lunch hour is from 1840. Slang phrase out to lunch "insane, stupid, clueless" first recorded 1955, on notion of being "not there." Old English had nonmete "afternoon meal," literally "noon-meat."