\ ˈnäsh How to pronounce nosh (audio) \
noshed; noshing; noshes

Definition of nosh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to eat a snack : munch noshing on pizza We noshed at the amusement park.



Definition of nosh (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light meal : snack

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Other Words from nosh


nosher noun

Examples of nosh in a Sentence


I'll just have a quick nosh before we go.

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The food emporium now feeds the noshing masses at nearly three dozen dining spots, including A-list restaurants (Morimoto, Buddakan) and New York stalwarts (Sarabeth's Bakery, Amy's Bread, Li-Lac Chocolates). Andrea Sachs,, "Take a walk on New York's High Line from end-to-end," 2 July 2018 Kardashian noshed down on some fries, breaking from her usual order of an Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Khloé Kardashian & Tristan Thompson Grab Fast Food as It's Revealed They're in the 'Best Place'," 19 June 2018 The fest features more than 30 Chicago breweries, food trucks, activities (including making a pretzel necklace to nosh on while drinking and a competition for best necklace) and of course beer pong. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this week: Cantina Crawl 2018, Chicago Beer Classic," 4 May 2018 On the first Friday of every month, approximately 15 galleries across the city open their doors for a free night of noshing, sipping, and painting pondering, often accompanied by concerts or spoken word artists. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 From noshing barefoot at a beachside shack to dropping a pretty penny at finer dining destinations, these rolls are made to fit any summertime occasion. Elizabeth Buxton,, "Where To Get The Best Lobster Roll In NYC This Summer," 21 June 2018 If not noshing or bidding, partygoers could be found enjoying music from Biglemoi during the patron party and Walter Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters during the gala. Sue Strachan,, "BBQ and blue jeans set the mood for Stuart Hall School for Boys benefit," 15 May 2018 Earlier this week, Hollis Hull, a 1-year-old from Texas, was playing in her playroom with her 3-year-old sister Hatilynn while noshing on veggie chips. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "A Nanny Cam Caught This Heroic Mom Rescuing Her Choking Toddler," 13 Jan. 2017 Non-rib fans will also find plenty to nosh on, including pizza, corn on the cob, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, Italian ices and more. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Summer heat perfect for this weekend's Elgin Ribfest, organizers say," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bring your buds to try out more than 40 whiskeys and wines, nosh on food truck grub and dance to live music. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "New Chicago summer festivals for 2017," 27 Apr. 2017 By evening Willmott’s Ghost does table service: Diners can order fritti (a variety of fried noshes) along with Roman-style pizzas, steak and chicken entrees. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 Predators that eat penguins also eat fish and other creatures, so simply having fewer of the seabirds to nosh on wouldn’t threaten their existence. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Counting Penguins Isn’t Always Black and White," 2 Nov. 2018 McCall’s Catering crew served up three different menus — from a family-style feast for Supper Clubbers to a formal three-course Patrons’ dinner followed by late-night food-cart nosh for 1,000 Post-Modern partiers. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "Art lovers at the bold, bright Modern Ball raise $4 million for SFMOMA," 27 Apr. 2018 Ticket holders can sample 15 types of wine and nosh on Greek staples. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this weekend: May 25-31," 28 May 2017 When the sun comes out and the heat promises to hang around, Melissa Lantz can likely be found enjoying a drink and nosh at Zodiac Lounge in Crown Point. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Zodiac Lounge in Crown Point," 6 July 2018 There was a wide variety of food and drink to nosh and sip on while stopping to enjoy it all. Jane Napier Neely,, "The Valley Line: USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, Child Educational Center get boosts from supporters this month," 30 May 2018 Lunch with Art Bring lunch, or grab a little nosh from the in-house café. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Deerfield and Pompano Beach area events, July 4-14," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of nosh


1892, in the meaning defined above


1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nosh

Verb and Noun

Yiddish nashn, from Middle High German naschen to eat on the sly

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The first known use of nosh was in 1873

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English Language Learners Definition of nosh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : to eat food



English Language Learners Definition of nosh (Entry 2 of 2)

US : a light meal
: a serving of food

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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