\ 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 People milled about on a beautiful Friday night, sipping wine, drinking craft beer and munching on food while glancing at televisions showing the Cleveland Indians piling up runs on the Detroit Tigers. Marc Bona,, "20th annual Grapes & Ale attracts 2,000-plus to Progressive Field (video, photos)," 15 June 2019 Reynaldo Valdez, a high school English teacher, played the part of Bartolo, a chicharon-munching shepherd. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Teatro Audaz celebrates community, Latino heritage in on-stage performance," 22 Dec. 2019 What’s more, acetylene-munching microbes on Earth can draw energy from the organic compound. National Geographic, "New kind of alien 'mineral' created on Earth," 6 Dec. 2019 Pest controllers Wallace and Gromit must save the day when a vegetable-munching beast ravages town gardens. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Expedition scientist Clare Fitzsimmons of Newcastle University tells Rebecca Morelle at the BBC that metal munching microbes are responsible for much of the decay. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Titanic Is Being Reclaimed by the Sea," 22 Aug. 2019 An ash tree there was dying — a victim of the emerald ash borer, a bright-green beetle originally from Asia whose bark-munching larvae have killed hundreds of millions of trees in the U.S. since the species was discovered stateside in 2002. NBC News, "Survey of U.S. forests ties tree-killing insects to climate change," 15 Aug. 2019 If it hadn't been removed, doctors said the tick's tissue-munching might've impaired his hearing. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "A man went to the optometrist with something stuck in his eye. The doctor pulled out a tick.," 16 July 2019 And while flying insects could theoretically grow to be larger in today’s world, Mr. Ruxton notes, the evolution of bug-munching birds likely suppressed their size range. Riley Black, WSJ, "‘Nature’s Giants’ and ‘Superlative’ Review: Wild, Wilder, Wildest," 21 June 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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The first known use of munch was in the 14th century

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Munch.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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