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[mawr-suh l] /ˈmɔr səl/
a bite, mouthful, or small portion of food, candy, etc.
a small piece, quantity, or amount of anything; scrap; bit.
something very appetizing; treat or tidbit.
a person or thing that is attractive or delightful.
verb (used with object)
to distribute in or divide into tiny portions (often followed by out):
to morsel out the last pieces of meat.
Origin of morsel
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to mors a bite (< Latin morsum something bitten off, noun use of neuter of morsus, past participle of mordēre to bite) + -el < Latin -ellus diminutive suffix; see -elle Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for morsel
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  • "Come, dearest sister; you have eaten not a morsel to-day," she said.

    The Wives of The Dead Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Nor will I taste a morsel of food, even if you keep me forever in your palace.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Until this very morning, not a morsel of food had passed my lips.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He then threw to them the morsel of moose-meat he had taken from the wigwam.

  • Swam until he was tired, and finally made a morsel for a fish.

  • That was too nasty a morsel for even this monster to swallow; so it let go its hold of the boat.

    Aino Folk-Tales Basil Hall Chamberlain
  • Bismarck took that, at once, but there was not a morsel to eat.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
British Dictionary definitions for morsel


a small slice or mouthful of food
a small piece; bit
(Irish, informal) a term of endearment for a child
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from mors a bite, from Latin morsus, from mordēre to bite
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Word Origin and History for morsel

late 13c., "a bite, mouthful; small piece, fragment," from Old French morsel (Modern French morceau) "small bite, portion, helping," diminutive of mors "a bite," from Latin morsus "biting, a bite," neuter past participle of mordere "to bite" (see mordant).

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