morsel

noun
mor·​sel | \ ˈmȯr-səl How to pronounce morsel (audio) \

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

morsel

verb
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

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: Noun

The bandera merges both into the same plate-sized morsel. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Pueblan-style Mexican food at this family-owned restaurant made a dining critic do a happy dance," 5 June 2019 She and other legislators should require themselves to disaggregate such proposals into digestible (or otherwise) morsels. WSJ, "Sen. Warren’s Blast at Capitalism and Property," 20 Aug. 2018 Raccoons, marmots, mice, and other small animals have been known to pilfer tasty morsels when given the chance. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up Camp," 2 Apr. 2019 America during the holidays is an embarrassment of riches, from sugar cookies to gingerbread to candy canes and every delicious morsel in between. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "I Started Snacking Differently at Work and Got WAY More Productive," 20 Mar. 2019 His coping mechanism was to investigate the shooting, scrutinizing each new morsel of evidence to assemble a precise narrative of what happened. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "A Year After Parkland: Making Sure to Say, ‘I Love You’ at Morning Drop-Off," 12 Feb. 2019 The crispness is a huge part of what draws us to them (right to the last greasy morsels at the bottom of the package). Bee Wilson, WSJ, "Textures That Delight and Disgust," 21 Feb. 2019 You—and your guests—will be savoring every single morsel. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, "Friday Night Loaded Nachos," 27 Dec. 2016 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Four Thirties Strategy aims to stand up 30 air squadrons, 30 ships, and 30 battalions in 30 days: that is, 25 days after Russia has swallowed the Baltic republics and morsels of Poland. Mark Helprin, WSJ, "Defining Defense Down," 11 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of morsel

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for morsel

Noun

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

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morsel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of morsel

: a small piece of food

morsel

noun
mor·​sel | \ ˈmȯr-səl How to pronounce morsel (audio) \

Kids Definition of morsel

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

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