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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
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  • Cracking some nuts and munching them, the Governor began to take another tone.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Champagne, munching biscuits, patent medicines, lying down as you are now.

    Olive in Italy

    Moray Dalton

  • All the horses were munching alfalfa and Dick was whistling in the cow-shed.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • Nettie had seized a remnant of her father's toast, and was munching it hastily.

    The Carpenter's Daughter

    Anna Bartlett Warner

  • "Say, this is all right," declared Walt, munching a tongue sandwich.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt

    Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)

British Dictionary definitions for munching


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

Word Origin

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 munching



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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