[ nosh ]
/ nɒʃ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. nosegay,
  2. nosepiece,
  3. nosewheel,
  4. nosewing,
  5. nosey,
  6. nosh-up,
  7. nosher,
  8. nosherei,
  9. noshery,
  10. nosing

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

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British Dictionary definitions for nosh


/ (nɒʃ) slang /


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.

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