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mor·​sel ˈmȯr-səl How to pronounce morsel (audio)
: a small piece of food : bite
: a small quantity : fragment
: a tasty dish
: something delectable and pleasing
: a negligible person


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morseled or morselled; morseling or morselling

transitive verb

: to divide into or distribute in small pieces

Example Sentences

Noun 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
Tyler hangs on every word, savors every morsel, takes forbidden photos with his iPhone. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 14 Nov. 2022 Meanwhile, amid all of this drama is Joey, who is in the fight of his life trying to eat every morsel of the gigantic turkey Monica made. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 10 Oct. 2022 Love is an all-consuming indulgence to savor, comparable to the residual morsel of a melty Italian dishful of Caponata. Malik Peay, Essence, 24 Oct. 2022 The News led with a juicy morsel of society gossip: the Prince of Wales, shown atop his steed in a towering front-page photograph, was expected to visit the Goelets and Vanderbilts at their Rhode Island summer mansions. Time, 16 Sep. 2022 Behind each window is a different kind of tasty morsel — including cheesy peanut butter bears, chicken pot pie cookies, bacon puffs — all made from natural ingredients in Washington state. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 13 Sep. 2022 Of economic spark, as jobs vanish, shops and restaurants shut and an ever-increasing number of beggars camp outside bakeries hoping for a morsel of bread. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2022 Whether you fancy burgers, steak, hot dogs, chicken, sausage, fish, or perhaps another tasty morsel, this weekend’s weather will be favorable, for the most part. Hartford Courant, 30 June 2022 The biggest bombshells from the probe turned out to have to do with that latter morsel: confirmation that the Dolphins’ brass had violated league rules by having improper communications with a player under contract with another team. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 22 Aug. 2022
The actual act of killing gets morseled out as a tension-creating Big Reveal, fodder for flashforwards and cliffhangers. Darren Franich,, 28 May 2020 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of morsel was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Morsel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: a small piece of food : bite
: a small quantity or piece

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