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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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Examples from the Web for munching
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  • The English term "munching," signifying chewing or masticating, is an excellent amendment, which is gladly adopted.

    The New Glutton or Epicure Horace Fletcher
  • Cracking some nuts and munching them, the Governor began to take another tone.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • She awoke before it was really light, and crept out, munching a crust.

  • Champagne, munching biscuits, patent medicines, lying down as you are now.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • And presently it is brewed and Tim Cannon stands by the table drinking and munching toast and cold meat.

British Dictionary definitions for munching


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 munching



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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munching in Technology

Exploration of security holes of someone else's computer for thrills, notoriety or to annoy the system manager. Compare cracker. See also hacked off.
[Jargon File]

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