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[mawr-suh l] /ˈmɔr səl/
a bite, mouthful, or small portion of food, candy, etc.
a small piece, quantity, or amount of anything; scrap; bit.
something very appetizing; treat or tidbit.
a person or thing that is attractive or delightful.
verb (used with object)
to distribute in or divide into tiny portions (often followed by out):
to morsel out the last pieces of meat.
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to mors a bite (< Latin morsum something bitten off, noun use of neuter of morsus, past participle of mordēre to bite) + -el < Latin -ellus diminutive suffix; see -elle Unabridged
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Examples from the web for morsel
  • Hare hid a piece of cheese in one of two tall bowls and pointed to the bowl containing the tempting morsel.
  • The bird by that time had been joined by a second one which had alighted to feed on a tiny food morsel it had been carrying.
  • It's not a big slab of steak but a smaller, succulent morsel of meat.
  • Their raspy tongues can clean a bone of every last tasty morsel.
  • But users may prefer to pay lumpy subscription fees rather than a small charge for every morsel of information they access.
  • They have a rough tongue that helps them clean every last morsel from an animal bone-and groom themselves.
  • Every morsel of saving from closure will please the tea-partiers.
  • The order of words in this delicious morsel of dialect varies with the user.
  • The butter had melted into a luscious sauce that coated each soft, fragrant morsel.
  • Consider two lizards confronting each other over a mutually desired resource such as a nest site, a mate, or a morsel of food.
British Dictionary definitions for morsel


a small slice or mouthful of food
a small piece; bit
(Irish, informal) a term of endearment for a child
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from mors a bite, from Latin morsus, from mordēre to bite
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Word Origin and History for morsel

late 13c., "a bite, mouthful; small piece, fragment," from Old French morsel (Modern French morceau) "small bite, portion, helping," diminutive of mors "a bite," from Latin morsus "biting, a bite," neuter past participle of mordere "to bite" (see mordant).

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