\ 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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According to Hogan, the manatee munched for about a half an hour before swimming towards the St. Lucie River. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Hurricane Dorian Floods Florida Woman's Backyard, Brings Manatee," 5 Sep. 2019 Bacteria munch on the animal waste and dying algae that rain onto the ocean floor. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Dead zones, explained," 31 July 2019 Later, baby True could be seen inside of a World of Fruit Watermelon Popsicle cart, leaving with a watermelon popsicle to munch on. Claudia Harmata,, "Khloé Kardashian Bonds with Daughter True Ahead of KUWTK Tristan Thompson Cheating Scandal Finale," 30 June 2019 As a group of officers labored to put the new hoop together, dozens of kids jumped on the bouncy castle, munched on food and threw down some final dunks on the collapsing hoop. Jack Mccordick, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police officers build basketball hoop, host block party for neighborhood kids," 8 June 2019 There was sushi with pink rice, ice cream cones covered in glitter, french fries in branded pink sleeves, and ramen (one of Kylie's favorite foods) for guests to munch on. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Celebrates the Launch of Kylie Skin with an Epic Party Worthy of an MTV Special," 22 May 2019 One of the hottest trends in snack foods today is the move toward healthier fare—the desire for something to munch on that is better for you than the typical pretzel or potato chip. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, "Utz Quality Foods Thrives On Guilty Pleasures," 29 Oct. 2018 Tired men bounced little boys on their knees, children munched on apples and others hid beneath blankets in the cell adjacent to a play area with a plastic playpen and a few toys. Washington Post, "A glimpse inside the Central Processing Center, at the heart of the border crisis," 12 Aug. 2019 Introduced to the islands by ships during the 19th century, the house mice have been munching up the seed bank of sensitive plants, thus making room for invasive plants to thrive. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "‘Like dropping a nuclear bomb on this island’: Feds delay Farallon Islands poison airdrop bid," 11 July 2019

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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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