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[muhnch] /mʌntʃ/
verb (used with object)
to chew with steady or vigorous working of the jaws, often audibly.
verb (used without object)
to chew steadily or vigorously, often audibly.
Informal. a snack.
Verb phrases
munch out, Slang. to snack especially extensively or frequently.
Origin of munch
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English monchen, variant of mocchen; imitative
Related forms
muncher, noun
unmunched, adjective Unabridged
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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
  • She was supplied with a roll of the lozenges and munched them gravely.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Olive produced her biscuits and bananas, and they munched together in amity.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • He munched his humble fare with a gusto he had not known for years.

  • Corona nodded as she broke off a piece of crust and munched it.

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for munched


to chew (food) steadily, esp with a crunching noise
Derived Forms
muncher, noun
Word Origin
C14 monche, of imitative origin; compare crunch


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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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