\ 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 These microbes munch on the compounds found in paint, glue, and cellulose (found in paper, canvas, and wood), in turn producing water or hydrogen peroxide as byproducts. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings have unique microbiomes, study finds," 22 Dec. 2020 The cancellation of the holiday parties at Government House because of the pandemic will probably work to his advantage, with no Christmas cookies to munch on. Washington Post, "Driven by the coronavirus, Gov. Hogan succeeds in an old fight: Losing weight," 25 Nov. 2020 The plants became tougher and harder to chew, so DNH 155 and other P. robustus wouldn't have been able to munch on them. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Newly Unearthed Skull Reveals How Ancient Hominids Evolved to Survive a Changing Climate," 13 Nov. 2020 Some gardeners allow all to grow and pull the first ones to form roots when small in size to munch on or add to salads. Tom Maccubbin,, "How to plant carrot seedlings," 31 Oct. 2020 Stafstrom guesses that’s because these higher pitched tones fall in the range of sound made by chirping birds, which can munch on the spiders. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "These frightening ogre-faced spiders use their legs to ‘hear’," 29 Oct. 2020 This marble board includes a wire slicer to help cut all types of cheese, and its 5-by-8-inch base is perfect for arranging a small selection of food for people to munch on. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "30 incredible gifts you can get at Wayfair under $25," 19 Oct. 2020 Such thawing allows microbes to munch on the once frozen organic material and burp out carbon dioxide or methane. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Colossal crater found in Siberia. What made it?," 23 Sep. 2020 Small, sweet champagne grapes are also fun to munch on in between bites of savory turkey. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "10 Very Important Turkey Cooking Tips You Need to Know," 16 Oct. 2020

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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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29 Dec 2020

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“Munch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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