\ ˈmənch How to pronounce munch (audio) \
munched; munching; munches

Definition of munch

transitive verb

: to eat with a chewing action many a mouthful is munched in private— Washington Irving also : to snack on drank coffee and munched homemade cookies — Lady Bird Johnson

intransitive verb

: to eat or chew something also : snack usually used with on

Other Words from munch

muncher noun

Examples of munch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This Cosori air fryer has 13 cooking functions to choose from, so your giftee can quickly pop in some appetizers for the kids to munch on, make a meal for the whole family, or just whip herself up something to enjoy solo. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2022 There are pets that munch on treats flavored like a turmeric latte or made with CBD, pets that never skip a probiotic or vitamin C supplement. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2022 Students take field trips to the areas where the goats happily munch on overgrown grasses, and people from nearby cities drive in to visit the animals, Hosley said. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2022 Each of the four Topgolf bays include a lounge area where guests can drink or munch on classic bar snacks, like wings and nachos. Elissa Welle, Detroit Free Press, 24 Mar. 2022 Guinea pigs need lots of daily timothy hay to munch on, extra space to run around in, and toys to keep them active. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2022 The oceans release a little extra, the microbes munch a little less. Gregory Barber, Wired, 17 Feb. 2022 Football fans are also expected to munch on 112 million pounds of chips and other snacks, according to SNAC International. CBS News, 13 Feb. 2022 One manatee uses another as a table of sorts, sliding its snout over the other manatee's back to munch down the lettuce. Jim Waymer, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of munch

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for munch

Middle English monchen, probably of imitative origin

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More Definitions for munch


\ ˈmənch How to pronounce munch (audio) \
munched; munching

Kids Definition of munch

: to eat or chew especially with a crunching sound

Munch biographical name (1)

\ ˈmu̇nch How to pronounce Munch (audio) , ˈmᵫnch How to pronounce Munch (audio) \

Definition of Munch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Charles 1891–1968 Alsatian-born conductor


biographical name (2)
\ ˈmu̇ŋk How to pronounce Munch (audio) \

Definition of Munch (Entry 2 of 2)

Edvard 1863–1944 Norwegian painter

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