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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 morsels
  • The birds get tangled in longline hooks, which are baited with squid and other tasty morsels.
  • When one subdivides a dimensioned morsel of space one obtains smaller morsels of space that also have dimensions.
  • After peering at masticated morsels through a microscope for several days, thoughts of feeding take on a new depth.
  • Knowing it was being donated, the chefs carefully collected the remaining morsels.
  • The key lies in the curds: morsels of un-aged cheese, salty on the tongue and squeaky on the teeth.
  • They then bury their bills, or even their entire heads, and suck up both mud and water to access the tasty morsels within.
  • The spider sits pretty in the middle of its home, surrounded by the pre-packaged morsels of the insects it has caught.
  • Braising can turn even the toughest cuts of meat into tender, fall-off-the-bone morsels.
  • But none of my vanilla-and-chocolate morsels of delight.
  • Gone was any anxiety about poor eye contact or stray food morsels.
British Dictionary definitions for morsels


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 morsels



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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