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snack

[snak] /snæk/
noun
1.
a small portion of food or drink or a light meal, especially one eaten between regular meals.
2.
a share or portion.
3.
Australian Slang. something easily done.
verb (used without object)
4.
to have a snack or light meal, especially between regular meals:
They snacked on tea and cake.
Idioms
5.
go snack / snacks, to share (profits or returns).
Origin of snack
1300-1350
1300-50; (noun) Middle English: a snap or bite, derivative of snacken to snap, bite; compare Middle Dutch snack a snap; (v.) derivative of the noun
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  • "Four dollars and find yourself, and no snacking in the store out of the cracker barrel and cheese bin," came the quick response.

    Dick the Bank Boy Frank V. Webster
British Dictionary definitions for snacking

snack

/snæk/
noun
1.
a light quick meal eaten between or in place of main meals
2.
a sip or bite
3.
(rare) a share
4.
(Austral, informal) a very easy task
verb
5.
(intransitive) to eat a snack
Word Origin
C15: probably from Middle Dutch snacken, variant of snappen to snap
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Word Origin and History for snacking

snack

v.

c.1300, "to bite or snap" (of a dog), probably from Middle Dutch or Flemish snacken "to snatch, snap; chatter," which Watkins traces to a hypothetical Germanic imitative root *snu- forming words having to do with the nose (see snout). The meaning "have a mere bite or morsel, eat a light meal" is first attested 1807. Related: Snacked; snacking.

n.

c.1400, "a snatch or snap" (especially that of a dog), from snack (v.). Later "a snappish remark" (1550s); "a share, portion, part" (1680s; hence old expression go snacks "share, divide; have a share in"). Main modern meaning "a bite or morsel to eat hastily" is attested from 1757. Snack bar is attested from 1923. Commercial plural form snax attested from 1942 in the vending machine trade.

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