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

Related Words for noshing

tidbit, grub, bite, refreshment, break, goodies, pickings, taste, munch, nibble

British Dictionary definitions for noshing



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 noshing



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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