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morsel

[mawr-suh l]
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noun
  1. a bite, mouthful, or small portion of food, candy, etc.
  2. a small piece, quantity, or amount of anything; scrap; bit.
  3. something very appetizing; treat or tidbit.
  4. a person or thing that is attractive or delightful.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to distribute in or divide into tiny portions (often followed by out): to morsel out the last pieces of meat.
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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
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Related Words for morsel

tidbit, snack, crumb, chunk, hunk, mouthful, cut, slice, bait, taste, delicacy, bite, drop, nibble, lump, sample, fragment, part, grain, treat

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British Dictionary definitions for morsel

morsel

noun
  1. a small slice or mouthful of food
  2. a small piece; bit
  3. Irish informal a term of endearment for a child
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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

n.

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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