- a bite, mouthful, or small portion of food, candy, etc.
- a small piece, quantity, or amount of anything; scrap; bit.
- something very appetizing; treat or tidbit.
- a person or thing that is attractive or delightful.
- to distribute in or divide into tiny portions (often followed by out): to morsel out the last pieces of meat.
Origin of morsel
Related Words for morseltidbit, snack, crumb, chunk, hunk, mouthful, cut, slice, bait, taste, delicacy, bite, drop, nibble, lump, sample, fragment, part, grain, treat
Examples from the Web for morsel
Contemporary Examples of morsel
From time to time the children dashed outside, to go to the bathroom or grab a morsel of food, and then retreated to the bunker.Remembering the Fall of Saigon and Vietnam’s Mass ‘Boat People’ Exodus
April 30, 2014
Any morsel of rationale for why the “supremely safe” Boeing 777 vanished is swallowed like a pill.Now You Can Hunt for Flight 370
March 12, 2014
Do you think I have charity to bestow, or a morsel of bread to spare?'Charles Dickens' Enduring Insights on Human Loss and Suffering
February 18, 2013
Historical Examples of morsel
"Come, dearest sister; you have eaten not a morsel to-day," she said.The Wives of The Dead
Nor will I taste a morsel of food, even if you keep me forever in your palace.
Until this very morning, not a morsel of food had passed my lips.
He then threw to them the morsel of moose-meat he had taken from the wigwam.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Swam until he was tired, and finally made a morsel for a fish.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
- a small slice or mouthful of food
- a small piece; bit
- Irish informal a term of endearment for a child
Word Origin for morsel
late 13c., "a bite, mouthful; small piece, fragment," from Old French morsel (Modern French morceau) "small bite, portion, helping," diminutive of mors "a bite," from Latin morsus "biting, a bite," neuter past participle of mordere "to bite" (see mordant).