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

Definition of munch

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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


biographical name (1)
\ ˈmu̇nch How to pronounce Munch (audio) , ˈmᵫnch How to pronounce Munch (audio) \

Definition of Munch (Entry 2 of 3)

Charles 1891–1968 Alsatian-born conductor


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

Definition of Munch (Entry 3 of 3)

Edvard 1863–1944 Norwegian painter

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Other Words from munch


muncher noun

Examples of munch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hundreds of ravenous goats that munched brush that would have fueled the approaching fire. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for October 31: Fires, N. Korea, impeachment, car makers, Facebook," 31 Oct. 2019 Back in 2011, elephants enjoyed their Halloween treats, as did the fruit bats, who munched on the pumpkins while hanging upside down. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Disney's Animal Kingdom Continues Cute Jack-O'-Lantern Tradition With Animals for Halloween," 31 Oct. 2019 Not only did the dinosaurs that munched mammals disappear, but a warming global climate changed the makeup of forests and allowed for the evolution of new plants. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Fossil Site Reveals How Mammals Thrived After the Death of the Dinosaurs," 25 Oct. 2019 From Mount Airy to Hampstead, members of the community can come together with their kids dressed as monsters and ghouls to munch on sweets and paint pumpkins at some local trick-or-treating events. Akira Kyles,, "Carroll towns and cities welcome ghosts and ghouls for Halloween events," 24 Oct. 2019 Video shows the big animal making his rounds and stopping to munch on the vines. Los Angeles Times, oregonlive, "California bear with refined palate munches only on pinot noir grapes," 28 Sep. 2019 Video shows the big animal making his rounds and stopping to munch on the vines. Los Angeles Times, "Watch this bear with expensive taste as it munches on vineyard’s pinot noir grapes," 27 Sep. 2019 Then during a 2011 game against the Eagles, TV cameras caught him munching on Skittles between plays., "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 In damp climates, organic mulches can harbor slugs and snails, which will munch on nearby plants; don't spread mulch near slug-susceptible plants. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "What Every Gardener Should Know About Mulching," 28 Feb. 2017

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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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The first known use of munch was in the 14th century

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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Munch.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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How to pronounce Munch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of munch

: to chew or eat (something) especially in a noisy way


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

Kids Definition of munch

: to eat or chew especially with a crunching sound

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