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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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  • She drinks it standing, and munches a piece of black bread with it.

  • He hasn't a regular dinner-time, as we have; only munches and munches all day.

    A Country Gentleman and his Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • For nearly ten minutes she munches this weak spot, which lies close to the cerebral nerve-centres.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • He goes through the door, munches away at the branches, at last pulls at one.

    The Crystal Ball Roy J. Snell
  • The horse in his stall scents the sweet hay and munches the ripe corn contentedly.

  • The squirrel who munches macaroons, the song-bird who is happy in her cage, all at once becomes a raging lioness.

    Inquiries and Opinions Brander Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for munches


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 munches



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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