- 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 snackingconsumption, dining, nip, gnaw, eat, feed, inhale, absorb, ingest, devour, guzzle, swallow, chew, dine, bite, nibble, attack, pick, graze, overindulgence
Examples from the Web for snacking
Contemporary Examples of snacking
Angel did manage a small amount of snacking and drinking amidst the schmoozing.Porn Stars Who Brunch: Inside Las Vegas’s Finest Dining
January 22, 2013
Historical Examples of snacking
"Four dollars and find yourself, and no snacking in the store out of the cracker barrel and cheese bin," came the quick response.Dick the Bank Boy
Frank V. Webster
- 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.