After lunching on a caprese salad sandwich, Lynch lit up an American Spirit cigarette and sat down to talk about his paintings.
I was lunching with an old friend at one of our favorite farm-to-table molecular gastronomy food trucks in Larchmont proper.
Diplomacy traditionally has been the art of lunching with the right people at the right time.
No one who was that afternoon lunching at the Savoy will ever forget our eruption from the restaurant.
They were lunching at the same table, and were apparently good friends.
I was lunching at my club, a club of which Gorman is also a member.
Their laughter and jests were an offence to many who were lunching in the same room as they.
But Tubby was not in this exciting adventure at all, being asleep under the bush at their lunching place.
I was lunching with William next day, and I told him about the subaltern.
Don't forget you are lunching here on the 16th and that we are going to hear Kreisler together.
"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?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."
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]