mor·​sel | \ˈmȯr-səl \

Definition of morsel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small piece of food : bite

2 : a small quantity : fragment

3a : a tasty dish

b : something delectable and pleasing

4 : a negligible person


morseled or morselled; morseling or morselling

Definition of morsel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to divide into or distribute in small pieces

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Synonyms for morsel

Synonyms: Noun

bite, mouthful, nibble, nugget, taste, tidbit (also titbit)

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Examples of morsel in a Sentence


the chef's cuisine is so good that diners will want to savor every morsel searching for any morsel of useful information

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That childhood morsel that showed you how happy food can make you? Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "The Cal Red Peach is the Epitome of Summer Sweetness," 10 Aug. 2018 For the last decade or more, the Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea has run on a charming central conceit: the delicious morsels served, whether cakes, cookies, or sandwiches, take their inspiration from the most recent season’s fashions. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Places for Afternoon Tea in London," 3 Mar. 2018 My normally mild-mannered dog lost her mind, yowling and dancing around the kitchen until someone, anyone, would give her even the smallest morsel of cheese. Molly Fitzpatrick, Bon Appetit, "The Hunt for the Stinkiest Cheese, Or, How I Tested the Bonds of Friendship," 26 Apr. 2018 When you’re done binge-watching all of these shows, head over to this comprehensive spreadsheet of every morsel of BTS content. Caitlin Kelley, Billboard, "How to Get Into BTS: A Primer for ARMY Recruits," 17 May 2018 Green herons native to North and Central America pilfer bread from unsuspecting pedestrians and use the morsels to bait fish close to the shore. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 That company would need two things: a big, broad, frequently renewed range of programming; and an understanding of its consumers deep enough to serve up to each of them the morsels most likely to appeal. The Economist, "Netflix is moving television beyond time-slots and national markets," 28 June 2018 The latest in the Patagonia Provisions line is mussels, plump little morsels neatly packed in tins and available in three flavors: lemon-herb, sofrito (peppers and onions) and smoked. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Snack for the Campfire Cocktail Hour," 21 May 2018 Towers, newly married to Kelley, dragged every morsel of information out of Epstein’s single life in Pacific Beach. Jeff Sanders,, "Kevin Towers' 'orbit' an irresistible force in baseball, life," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of morsel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for morsel


Middle English, from Anglo-French, diminutive of mors bite, from Latin morsus, from mordēre to bite — more at mordant

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English Language Learners Definition of morsel

: a small piece of food


mor·​sel | \ˈmȯr-səl \

Kids Definition of morsel

: a small amount : a little piece (as of food)

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