See more synonyms for snack on
  1. a small portion of food or drink or a light meal, especially one eaten between regular meals.
  2. a share or portion.
  3. Australian Slang. something easily done.
verb (used without object)
  1. to have a snack or light meal, especially between regular meals: They snacked on tea and cake.
  1. go snack/snacks, to share (profits or returns).

Origin of snack

1300–50; (noun) Middle English: a snap or bite, derivative of snacken to snap, bite; compare Middle Dutch snack a snap; (v.) derivative of the noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for snacking

Contemporary Examples of snacking

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

British Dictionary definitions for snacking


  1. a light quick meal eaten between or in place of main meals
  2. a sip or bite
  3. rare a share
  4. Australian informal a very easy task
  1. (intr) to eat a snack

Word Origin for snack

C15: probably from Middle Dutch snacken, variant of snappen to snap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for snacking



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper