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[muhnch] /mʌntʃ/
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.
Origin of munch
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English monchen, variant of mocchen; imitative
Related forms
muncher, noun
unmunched, adjective


[moo ngk] /mʊŋk/
[ed-vahrd] /ˈɛd vɑrd/ (Show IPA),
1863–1944, Norwegian painter and graphic artist.


[mynsh] /münʃ/
Charles, 1891–1968, French conductor in the U.S. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for munch
  • 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.
  • If the weather's fine, munch your warm brioche at one of the tables on the pavement.
  • Some caterpillars munch on drug-laced leaves to rid themselves of crippling parasites, a new study finds.
  • Adult twig catfish also munch on algae as well as the fallen plant matter they use for camouflage.
  • During your next airport layover or flight delay, skip the fast food and munch on gourmet cuisine.
  • Visitors never seemed to tire of watching the pudgy couple munch bamboo.
  • More crunch than munch, the males' abdomens are hollow.
British Dictionary definitions for munch


to chew (food) steadily, esp with a crunching noise
Derived Forms
muncher, noun
Word Origin
C14 monche, of imitative origin; compare crunch


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 and History for munch

late 14c., mocchen, imitative (cf. crunch), or perhaps from Old French mangier "to eat, bite," from Latin manducare "to chew." Related: Munched; munching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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munch in Technology

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]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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