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


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

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Carp indeed do feed primarily on bottom substrate for smaller morsels. Jim Gronaw,, "Gronaw: Finding the top-end bottom feeders," 15 Sep. 2019 In the former Le Cirque space, playing chopsticks hockey for the last morsel of David Yeo’s Szechuanese classics is inevitable. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "The Unapologetic Decadence of Hutong," 31 Aug. 2019 Indeed, the mere sight of delicious morsels can trigger our salivary glands as our brains remember enjoyable meals past, especially savory, high-fat foods. Jeff Csatari, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Grilling Guide," 30 Aug. 2019 All the dim sum is handmade by the chef, who comes into the restaurant at 6 a.m. every day to create the bite-sized morsels. Grace Wong,, "Traditional Guangdong dishes fill a void in Lincoln Park, plus more Chicago restaurant openings and closings," 7 Aug. 2019 Little India Less of a restaurant and more of a makeshift snack shop run from the back of a neighborhood market, Little India specializes in chaat, the savory little roadside and street-cart morsels of Indian cuisine. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the best restaurants in Tempe," 6 Aug. 2019 In this view, space-time arises out of a series of interlinked nodes in a complex network, with individual morsels of quantum information fitted together like Legos. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "How Quantum Pairs Stitch Space-Time," 28 Apr. 2015 The final preseason game will give Flores and the Dolphins another morsel of insight to which quarterback will give the team its best chance this season. Safid Deen,, "Ryan Fitzpatrick struggles mightily vs. Jaguars, forcing Brian Flores to re-evaluate Dolphins’ starting quarterback job," 23 Aug. 2019 In and amongst all that will come two morsels of particular interest to pops aficionados and Cleveland historians. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra has much to celebrate at 2019 ‘Star-Spangled Spectacular’," 30 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce morsel (audio) \

Kids Definition of morsel

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

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