verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- lunatic asylum,
- lunatic fringe,
- lunch counter,
- lunch hour,
- lunch meat,
Origin of lunch
Examples from the Web for lunch
According to the USDA, student participation began to fall, with 1.4 million students opting out of the lunch program entirely.
Two Indonesian airlines, Garuda and Lion Air, have seen Fernandes eat their lunch and are only now responding.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
On one summer lunch hour, Donna Ann Levonuk, 50, lifted a tub of diaper cream priced at $43.98—and then stashed it in her purse.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I'm to be at his Universal bungalow at twelve-thirty for lunch, to meet him for the first time, going to see a man about a job.
Then, after lunch, another story meeting, a film, or my own work session, alone.
But as he was disposed to be too friendly, and to claim too large a share of the lunch, we rather gave him the cold shoulder.Riverby|John Burroughs
He ate his lunch, but did not need to start on the second trip until the middle of the afternoon.Freckles|Gene Stratton-Porter
The naval officer was there because the hour of the midday meal on board the cruiser did not coincide with lunch time on shore.A Rock in the Baltic|Robert Barr
"You'd better hurry if you're going to be ready for lunch," she said coldly.More William|Richmal Crompton
Sticking this into my pocket, I made ready to get under way, but there was nothing for it but that I must lunch with them all.A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium|Hugh Gibson
Word Origin for lunch
"mid-day repast," 1786, shortened form of luncheon (q.v.). The verb meaning "to take to lunch" (said to be from the noun) also is attested from 1786:
PRATTLE. I always to be ſure, makes a point to keep up the dignity of the family I lives in. Wou'd you take a more ſolid refreſhment?--Have you lunch'd, Mr. Bribe?
BRIBE. Lunch'd O dear! Permit me, my dear Mrs. Prattle, to refreſh my sponge, upon the honey dew that clings to your raviſhing pouters. O! Mrs. Prattle, this ſhall be my lunch. (kiſſes)
["The Mode," in William Davies' "Plays Written for a Private Theatre," London, 1786]
But as late as 1817 the only definition of lunch in Webster's is "a large piece of food." OED says in 1820s the word "was regarded either as a vulgarism, or as a fashionable affectation." Related: Lunched; lunching. Lunch money is attested from 1868; lunch-time (n.) is from 1821; lunch hour is from 1840. Slang phrase out to lunch "insane, stupid, clueless" first recorded 1955, on notion of being "not there." Old English had nonmete "afternoon meal," literally "noon-meat."
see eat someone alive (someone's lunch); free lunch; lose one's lunch; out to (lunch).