\ˈmənch \
munched; munching; munches

Definition of munch 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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, ˈmᵫnch \

Definition of Munch (Entry 2 of 3)

Charles 1891–1968 Alsatian-born conductor


biographical name (2)
\ˈmu̇ŋk \

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

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Iguana-proof plants: Iguanas are herbivores and love to munch on bougainvillea, hibiscus, orchids, mangoes and bananas, according to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. Doreen Christensen,, "Expert tips on how to control iguanas," 21 June 2018 Students are able to munch away on a muffin, a piece of fruit, cereal, or other food while getting settled into their morning routine and doing some school work. James Vaznis,, "Boston makes little progress on school breakfast goal," 3 May 2018 After a rapid exchange, the passenger spent the rest of the evening enjoying the scenery of the country while munching on a full plate of ribs, greens and bread. Caille Millner,, "All-American road trip — by train," 28 June 2018 The action then abruptly cuts to an actor playing Kim Jong Un, who munches on popcorn and laughs maniacally. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Russian pop star linked to Trump family releases bizarre music video," 26 June 2018 Stars of the park include the big cats (bobcats, lynx, and cougar), roly-poly black bears, and moose that munch all manner of browse, unperturbed by squealing youngsters. Patricia Harris And David Lyon,, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 Catch the games while munching on $10 Troquet burgers and $4 Kronenbourg 1664. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Score at these World Cup viewing parties and specials," 13 June 2018 Let’s face it, a lot of entomology is how to kill insects that munch crops, deliver disease with their bites, or even destroy your house. Jack Payne,, "Insects as art: How Florida can overcome the yuck factor," 9 July 2018 Or just an apple-munching lady outside with her black cat, that strange blob of a creature, paw up, in the dark green shade of the lower left. Sidney Lawrence, WSJ, "A Muse Embedded in Mystery," 22 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of munch

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


\ˈmənch \
munched; munching

Kids Definition of munch

: to eat or chew especially with a crunching sound

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to express warning or disapproval

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