\ 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

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Audrey posted a few cute moments on her Instagram Stories, below, which featured the toddler wearing an adorable flower crown and munching on her birthday cake. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Audrey and Jeremy Roloff Had the Most Beautiful First Birthday Party for Their Daughter," 10 Sep. 2018 There’s vendors doling out the team’s legendary Dodger Dogs, kids munching on some of the aforementioned snacks, and the team’s arch nemesis, the San Diego Padres, filing into the visitor’s dugout. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, "Dodgers Organist Dieter Ruehle Tells the Story Behind His Dream Job," 7 June 2018 Visitors to the Seattle waterfront will hear the crunch of breaking concrete this February, while demolition equipment pivots through clouds of dust and mist, flexing spiked jaws that will munch the six-story-high columns and slice through rebar. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s big demolition spectacle: How crews plan to pulverize the Alaskan Way Viaduct," 5 Dec. 2018 At a primary night party in Fresno for Janz, pop music blasted from speakers and attendees munched on churros. Jazmine Ulloa,, "In the heart of the Central Valley, a push to get Latino voters to the polls," 8 June 2018 The goat-palooza calmly chewed grass and munched on branches. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Goats storm Idaho neighborhood after escape from enclosure," 4 Aug. 2018 In a pic posted by Freddie's mom, Briana Jungwirth, who Louis dated briefly in 2015, Freddie is looking so adorable munching on a snack. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Louis Tomlinson's Son Freddie is So Big and Looks Just like His Dad!," 22 Jan. 2019 But everyone munched happily away, stuffing down beet and cassava and then stealing one another’s water bottles. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Healthy Snack Food Actually Healthy—or Just Addictive?," 18 Jan. 2019 Later, take it easy and munch on avocado toast and sip a glass of wine over at one of OHSO Brewery’s four locations, which all welcome dogs. Jessica Migala, Country Living, "7 Great Cities to Visit With Your Dog," 26 July 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 How to pronounce munch (audio) \
munched; munching

Kids Definition of munch

: to eat or chew especially with a crunching sound

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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