- a small portion of food or drink or a light meal, especially one eaten between regular meals.
- a share or portion.
- Australian Slang. something easily done.
- to have a snack or light meal, especially between regular meals: They snacked on tea and cake.
- go snack/snacks, to share (profits or returns).
Origin of snack
Related Words for snacktea, morsel, refreshment, lunch, tidbit, grub, nibble, bite, eats, break, nosh, piece, munch, goodies, pickings, luncheon
Examples from the Web for snack
Contemporary Examples of snack
Late former governors of NY, TX starred in a 1994 snack chip ad.Mario Cuomo, Ann Richards Concede to Doritos
The Daily Beast Video
January 2, 2015
And the “Pond Pit” snack bar will serve fried tadpole rolls.Why I Hate The Beach
P. J. O’Rourke
July 27, 2014
Or the World Series where you can take a snack break during the wind-up for every pitch.Up To a Point: Oops, I Enjoyed Soccer
P. J. O’Rourke
July 13, 2014
I snack them in between [checkpoints] with some fish or beef fat, something to give them some quick energy.Jamaica, We Have a Dogsled Team
Allen St. John
March 25, 2014
If you muttered, “blasphemy” after reading the first tip about skipping a snack, then snack smart.6 Ways to Avoid ‘Sochi Gut’ While Watching the Olympics
Jenna A. Bell
February 12, 2014
Historical Examples of snack
They hastened up and the snack was set out on a patch of soft grass.Fruitfulness
The cook will have a snack for you before you pull back to Oban.The Three Commanders
And some sandwiches and pound cake for a snack for ourselves.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903
Lucy Maud Montgomery
After a bite and a snack I went to bed, not to worry, but to sleep.A Pirate of Parts
"When we were eating our snack," put in Willy, not to be left out.Two Little Confederates
Thomas Nelson Page
- a light quick meal eaten between or in place of main meals
- a sip or bite
- rare a share
- Australian informal a very easy task
- (intr) to eat a snack
Word Origin for snack
c.1300, "to bite or snap" (of a dog), probably from Middle Dutch or Flemish snacken "to snatch, snap; chatter," which Watkins traces to a hypothetical Germanic imitative root *snu- forming words having to do with the nose (see snout). The meaning "have a mere bite or morsel, eat a light meal" is first attested 1807. Related: Snacked; snacking.
c.1400, "a snatch or snap" (especially that of a dog), from snack (v.). Later "a snappish remark" (1550s); "a share, portion, part" (1680s; hence old expression go snacks "share, divide; have a share in"). Main modern meaning "a bite or morsel to eat hastily" is attested from 1757. Snack bar is attested from 1923. Commercial plural form snax attested from 1942 in the vending machine trade.