Word of the Day: munch

Word of the Day
July 4, 2016
munch (verb, noun)
/mʌntʃ/  sound icon
 
A woman munching on a cookie
To munch means 'to chew making a loud noise' or 'to chew steadily and strongly.' As a noun, munch is the act of munching or, informally, a small snack.

 

Example sentences
 
At the movie theater, Melanie was annoyed that she could hardly hear the film because of all the people munching popcorn around her.
The old man sat on a wall, munching on a sandwich.
The little girl complained she was hungry, so her dad took an apple out of his bag. "Have a munch on that," he told her.

 

Additional information
 
As a verb munch can be used with a direct object, so you can munch popcorn or munch a sandwich, or it can be used with the preposition on. There is no real difference in meaning.
 
Did you know?
 
An informal related term is the munchies which is a way of saying you have a real craving for something to eat. It is particularly associated with smoking marijuana, which tends to give people the munchies, but it can just be used as an informal way of saying you'd really like something to snack on, so you shouldn't assume someone has been taking drugs if you hear them use it!
 
Other forms
 
muncher (noun)
 
Origin
 
Munch, meaning 'to eat or chew something,' first appeared in the 14th century, in the Middle English word mocchen. There are several theories regarding its origin. Some people think it may be immitating the sound we make when eating, just like the word crunch. Others think it may be derived from the Old French word mangier, meaning 'to eat or bite,' or even from the Latin manducare, which meant 'to chew.'
 
 
 
 
 
Munch in other languages
 
 
 
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