\ 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 Tropical fish and other marine animals, like black sea urchins, munch on fast-growing algae and seaweed that may otherwise outcompete the slow-growing coral for space. Washington Post, "Surprise rescue of Jamaica coral reefs shows nature can heal," 17 Sep. 2019 Kate and her kids munched on food packed in lunchboxes with the trunk popped open and the royal mom taking a seat on the grass. Monique Jessen,, "Kate Middleton 'Desperately Wants Normality for Her Kids': 'She Wants to Emulate Her Upbringing'," 12 Sep. 2019 As dawn breaks, a long-haul trucker may be munching sunflower seeds and sipping cold tea to stay awake, while a driving partner dozes on a bunk bed. The Economist, "China’s long-distance lorry drivers are unsung heroes of its economy," 12 Sep. 2019 But nothing is so simple out in the desert of Kazakhstan, where the camels roaming about, munching shrubs, come in a dizzying array of back shapes — most of them some version of one-and-a-half-humped. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "How Many Humps on a Camel? In Kazakhstan, It’s Complicated," 1 Sep. 2019 On June 19, almost 50 music buffs munched on salads and sandwiches at outdoor tables. Ruth Sowby Rands,, "On the Town: Pop-up concert series is a lunchtime treat for music lovers," 9 July 2019 So, the thinking went, any life at the bottom of the ocean where no sunlight reached had to be munching on dead organic material that fell down through the water, and there probably wasn’t enough food to sustain large, complex animals. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "NASA eyes the ocean: How the deep sea could unlock outer space," 23 Aug. 2019 On Wednesday morning, Mei Xiang chose to stay inside and sleep, instead of munching on bamboo in her outdoor habitat like usual. Kelli Bender,, "National Zoo Panda's Recent 'Behavioral Changes' Could Mean She Is Pregnant," 7 Aug. 2019 Unlike its relatives in the Hemiptera family, the insect lacks the ability to suck, preferring to munch on high-pressure plants that allow the sap to flow, like a siphon, through its mouth and into its stomach. Claire Marie Porter, WIRED, "This Voracious, Unstoppable Bug Is Killing Off Vineyards," 2 Aug. 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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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of munch was in the 14th century

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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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something of little or no value

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