verb (used with object)
to chew with steady or vigorous working of the jaws, often audibly.
verb (used without object)
to chew steadily or vigorously, often audibly.
Informal. a snack.
Verb phrases
munch out, Slang. to snack especially extensively or frequently.

1375–1425; late Middle English monchen, variant of mocchen; imitative

muncher, noun
unmunched, adjective Unabridged


Edvard [ed-vahrd] , 1863–1944, Norwegian painter and graphic artist.


[mynsh] ,
Charles, 1891–1968, French conductor in the U.S. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
munch (mʌntʃ)
to chew (food) steadily, esp with a crunching noise
[C14 monche, of imitative origin; compare crunch]

Munch (mʊŋk)
Edvard (ˈɛdvard). 1863--1944, Norwegian painter and engraver, whose works, often on the theme of death, include The Scream (1893); a major influence on the expressionists, esp on die Brücke

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., mocchen, imitative (cf. crunch), or perhaps from O.Fr. mangier, from L. manducare "to chew." Related: Munched; munching. Munchies "food or snack" is first attested 1959; sense of "craving for food after smoking marijuana" is first attested 1971.
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Computing Dictionary

munch definition

To transform information in a serial fashion, often requiring large amounts of computation. To trace down a data structure. Related to crunch and nearly synonymous with grovel, but connotes less pain.
Often confused with mung.
[Jargon File]

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Example sentences
But it will munch through a colony of aphids with a wonderful sense of mission.
Or looking at your appendix and deciding, that you are designed to munch or
  tough tree-leafs.
When pigs are present, and that tree-fern stem is lying on the ground, the pigs
  will come along and munch on it.
Unusual island crows wandered about, as ready to munch on fruit as rob a nest
  or scavenge leftovers.
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