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adjective, munch·i·er, munch·i·est. Also munch·ie.
  1. (of food)
    1. crunchy or chewy.
    2. Informal.for snacking: munchy foods like popcorn and cookies.
noun, plural munch·ies.
  1. munchies, Informal. food suitable or meant for snacking: Munchies were served before dinner.
  2. the munchies, Slang. hunger, especially a craving for sweets or snacks: suffering from the munchies.

Origin of munchy

1915–20; munch + -y1 or -y2
Related formsmunch·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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pl n slang
  1. the munchies a craving for food, induced by alcohol or drugs
  2. snacks or food collectively
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Word Origin and History for munchies

"food or snack," 1959, plural of munchie (1917), from munch (v.); sense of "craving for food after smoking marijuana" is first attested 1971.

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