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munch

[muhnch] /mʌntʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to chew with steady or vigorous working of the jaws, often audibly.
verb (used without object)
2.
to chew steadily or vigorously, often audibly.
noun
3.
Informal. a snack.
Verb phrases
4.
munch out, Slang. to snack especially extensively or frequently.
Origin of munch
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English monchen, variant of mocchen; imitative
Related forms
muncher, noun
unmunched, adjective
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  • Cracking some nuts and munching them, the Governor began to take another tone.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Champagne, munching biscuits, patent medicines, lying down as you are now.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • All the horses were munching alfalfa and Dick was whistling in the cow-shed.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • Nettie had seized a remnant of her father's toast, and was munching it hastily.

    The Carpenter's Daughter Anna Bartlett Warner
  • "Say, this is all right," declared Walt, munching a tongue sandwich.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
British Dictionary definitions for munching

munch

/mʌntʃ/
verb
1.
to chew (food) steadily, esp with a crunching noise
Derived Forms
muncher, noun
Word Origin
C14 monche, of imitative origin; compare crunch

Munch

/mʊŋk/
noun
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 munching

munch

v.

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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