[ mawr-suhl ]
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  1. a bite, mouthful, or small portion of food, candy, etc.

  2. a small piece, quantity, or amount of anything; scrap; bit.

  1. something very appetizing; treat or tidbit.

  2. a person or thing that is attractive or delightful.

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.

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. 2023

How to use morsel in a sentence

  • They were knives; anyway, they were used to spread the delicious morsels of butter on the brown loaf.

    The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • I got quite accustomed to the sight of him; he would run over my bed, and come and take the precious morsels out of my hand.

  • Occasionally he pushes a little Latin into his discourses and at intervals be graces them with morsels of Greek.

  • He was huge of build, with a long grey beard to which adhered stale morsels of food and the acrid scent of strong cigars.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • Chasing morsels of fish around your plate with bits of bread is obsolete.

    The Complete Bachelor | Walter Germain

British Dictionary definitions for morsel


/ (ˈmɔːsəl) /

  1. a small slice or mouthful of food

  2. a small piece; bit

  1. Irish informal a term of endearment for a child

Origin of morsel

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

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