[ mawr-suh l ]
/ ˈmɔr səl /


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.

verb (used with object)

to distribute in or divide into tiny portions (often followed by out): to morsel out the last pieces of meat.

Nearby words

  1. morse lamp,
  2. morse taper,
  3. morse, jedidiah,
  4. morse, samuel f. b.,
  5. morse, samuel finley breese,
  6. mort,
  7. mortadella,
  8. mortal,
  9. mortal mind,
  10. mortal sin

Origin of morsel

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to mors a bite (< Latin morsum something bitten off, noun use of neuter of morsus, past participle of mordēre to bite) + -el < Latin -ellus diminutive suffix; see -elle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for morsel


/ (ˈmɔːsəl) /


a small slice or mouthful of food
a small piece; bit
Irish informal a term of endearment for a child

Word Origin for morsel

C13: from Old French, from mors a bite, from Latin morsus, from mordēre to bite

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Word Origin and History 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).

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