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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 Unabridged
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  • The other munched fiercely at the brown, uninviting bit of biscuit.

    In the Whirl of the Rising Bertram Mitford
  • He munched in silence for a while, and she did not dream of interrupting.

    Mrs. Dud's Sister Josephine Daskam
  • While she munched the sweetmeats he glanced at her mother interrogatively.

    A Prairie Courtship Harold Bindloss
  • The whole is made up into a parcel and munched, but not swallowed.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • Helen munched them as she cranked the telephone and listened for an answer from the operator in the nearest town.

    Janet Hardy in Radio City Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • He munched his humble fare with a gusto he had not known for years.

  • Altogether he was an unwholesome, disagreeable-looking brute, who munched his grass morosely and had no elephantine geniality.

  • He now munched some of it, and lay, watching the mouth of the gorge below.

  • "If this is prison fare I don't care how soon I am out of it," he said to himself as he munched the bread.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
British Dictionary definitions for munched


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


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Word Origin and History for munched



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

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