\ 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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On the screen: Adults can munch on free popcorn while watching a free film at the Elm Grove Public Library, 13600 Juneau Blvd. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 things to do this week in the western suburbs," 10 July 2018 At his Wynwood food truck, guests can munch on pizza mac and cheese, mango pepper chicken wings, jerk salmon pasta and a handful of other eclectic eats. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Meet Pitbull's Former Manager, Who's Now A Mac and Cheese Mogul," 2 Mar. 2018 Moths can munch on delicate textiles like wool, silk and cotton, and beetles can burrow into wooden objects. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Meet Riley, the Puppy Training to Sniff Out Bugs in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts," 11 Jan. 2018 Soccer fans can munch on $5 bar bites and enjoy drink specials on wine, beer and cocktails. Bethany Ao,, "Where to watch the World Cup in Philadelphia," 14 June 2018 In the meantime, munch on some pancakes and write in the comments below with your own guesses. Felicia Gans,, "The International House of Pancakes is (allegedly) changing its name," 7 June 2018 Customers can munch on the new Chicken Chorizo and Tortilla Sous Vide Egg Bites and Kitchen Sink Cookie from now until basically forever. Ana Calderone,, "Starbucks Adds a New Fruity Frappuccino to Its Permanent Menu," 4 June 2018 The cavy is native to Argentina, but can be found munching on vegetation across South America in savannas, thorn forest and scrub deserts, according to the release. Jennifer Larino,, "What's a cavy? You can now see 3 of them at the Audubon Zoo," 22 May 2018 Spend the day dancing to live music, munching from food trucks, and learning cannabis-friendly facts—like why 4/20 is significant to weed culture. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This Dispensary block parties, THC dinners, and more 4/20-friendly events," 19 Apr. 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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