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verb (used with object)
  1. to chew with steady or vigorous working of the jaws, often audibly.
verb (used without object)
  1. to chew steadily or vigorously, often audibly.
  1. Informal. a snack.
Verb Phrases
  1. munch out, Slang. to snack especially extensively or frequently.

Origin of munch

1375–1425; late Middle English monchen, variant of mocchen; imitative
Related formsmunch·er, nounun·munched, adjective
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  • He broke a roll and munched it gloomily, pondering this revelation.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • So she accepted her share, and Geoff munched his in silence.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • He stood a while to look at the glory of the sky, and munched his sandwiches while he looked.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • The whole is made up into a parcel and munched, but not swallowed.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • At noon he opened his lunch basket again, and munched serenely.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for munched


  1. to chew (food) steadily, esp with a crunching noise
Derived Formsmuncher, noun

Word Origin

C14 monche, of imitative origin; compare crunch


  1. Edvard (ˈɛdvard). 1863–1944, Norwegian painter and engraver, whose works, often on the theme of death, include The Scream (1893); a major influence on the expressionists, esp on die Brücke
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Word Origin and History for munched



late 14c., mocchen, imitative (cf. crunch), or perhaps from Old French mangier "to eat, bite," from Latin manducare "to chew." Related: Munched; munching.

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