\ 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 Frantz often sets out on the popcorn trail of his life, only to stop and munch the popcorn. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "This Ain’t No Disco," 9 Mar. 2021 Prices are in the $40-$55 range, and the foods inside are themed — January’s box was full of snacks to munch on while watching a Sundance film from the couch. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Get spicy Mexican fare, tasty tea sandwiches and other diverse Utah flavors in these themed food boxes," 3 Mar. 2021 Food in the Wine Cellar and Lounge focuses on tapas, so guests can munch on small bites and apps with a fireplace nearby. Marc Bona, cleveland, "The Grand Resort’s elaborate amenities will surprise you as much as its location will (photos)," 31 Jan. 2021 Keeping plenty of easy-to-access fruit and vegetable options within your home can improve the odds that your teenager will choose nutritious foods to munch on, the experts said. Christina Caron, New York Times, "5 Ways Teens Can Get More Fruits and Vegetables Into Their Diets," 22 Jan. 2021 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

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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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17 Mar 2021

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“Munch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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