verb (used without object)

to snack or eat between meals.

verb (used with object)

to snack on: They noshed peanuts and cookies while watching television.


a snack.

Origin of nosh

1955–60; < Yiddish nashn; Middle High German naschen, Old High German nascōn to nibble, gnaw; cognate with Danish naske, Swedish snaska Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nosh

Contemporary Examples of nosh

  • Post-ceremony, the guests will nosh on a gluten-free vegan cake.

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    Chelsea Clinton's Big Day

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    July 31, 2010

  • For multiple grumbling stomachs, here are five ways to nosh that will suit every type of holiday snacker.

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    Snack Mixes That Won't Bite Back

    Stacey Slate

    December 29, 2009

  • There is an endless number of dishes that I can start with sofrito, olives will enhance it, or stand on their own as a nosh.

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    A Little Latin Flavor

    Sarah Whitman-Salkin

    October 21, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for nosh



food or a meal


to eat
Derived Formsnosher, noun

Word Origin for nosh

C20: from Yiddish; compare German naschen to nibble
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Word Origin and History for nosh

1957, from Yiddish nashn "nibble," from Middle High German naschen, from Old High German hnascon, nascon "to nibble," from Proto-Germanic *(g)naskon. Related: Noshed; noshing. Earlier as a noun (1917) meaning "a restaurant," short for nosh-house.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper