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verb (used with object)
  1. to chew with steady or vigorous working of the jaws, often audibly.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to chew steadily or vigorously, often audibly.
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  1. Informal. a snack.
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Verb Phrases
  1. munch out, Slang. to snack especially extensively or frequently.
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Origin of munch

1375–1425; late Middle English monchen, variant of mocchen; imitative
Related formsmunch·er, nounun·munched, adjective


[moo ngk]
  1. Ed·vard [ed-vahrd] /ˈɛd vɑrd/, 1863–1944, Norwegian painter and graphic artist.
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  1. Charles,1891–1968, French conductor in the U.S.
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Related Words for munch

crunch, scrunch, smash, soften, bite, reduce, chomp, grind, crush, champ, press, masticate, mash, ruminate

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Contemporary Examples of munch

Historical Examples of munch

  • Then she unrolled her own package of sandwiches, and proceeded to munch one.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • "He's a vegetarian," remarked the Tiger, as the horse began to munch the clover.

  • He came back to his seat and began to munch them very contentedly.

    The River of Darkness

    William Murray Graydon

  • He stopped to munch the last bit of corn-bread and drain his bowl to the bottom.

    The Red Acorn

    John McElroy

  • They were creeping about, and I could plainly hear them munch the apples.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for munch


  1. to chew (food) steadily, esp with a crunching noise
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Derived Formsmuncher, noun

Word Origin for munch

C14 monche, of imitative origin; compare crunch


  1. Edvard (ˈɛdvard). 1863–1944, Norwegian painter and engraver, whose works, often on the theme of death, include The Scream (1893); a major influence on the expressionists, esp on die Brücke
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Word Origin and History for munch


late 14c., mocchen, imitative (cf. crunch), or perhaps from Old French mangier "to eat, bite," from Latin manducare "to chew." Related: Munched; munching.

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