\ 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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nosher noun

Examples of nosh in a Sentence

Noun I'll just have a quick nosh before we go.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Joined by family and friends at her home in Studio City, California, Cabral and her guests noshed on citrus-poached salmon, Mexican street corn, curried cauliflower, snap-pea-edamame salad and more provided by Lemonade. Julie Jordan,, "Angelique Cabral Welcomes Son Alden Presley — and Reveals the 'Special Meaning' Behind His Name," 19 Nov. 2019 And that’s left many people asking about the benefits of simply noshing on the veg itself, rather than consuming it in liquid form. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "Health Benefits of Celery," 12 Dec. 2019 That event was meant to be a low-key affair—just a few dozen relatives and friends noshing vegetarian appetizers by Peggy's pool. Alex Prewitt,, "She Won Athletes' Hearts. And Robbed Them Blind," 19 Sep. 2019 The rest of the night saw some 2,500 foodies and industry pros noshing on bites provided by local embassies and sipping cocktails. Washington Post, "The Scene: D.C. restaurant workers let down their hair and celebrate at the 2019 RAMMY Awards," 2 July 2019 Between activities, guest noshed on a full barbecue lunch spread from Stonefire Grill that boasted tri-tip steak, lemon chicken, chicken salad, macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers and breadsticks. Anya Leon,, "Start Your Engines! Inside the Cars-Themed Birthday Bash for Ashley Jones' Son and Stepson," 7 June 2019 Poised in a corner banquette, Helena Christensen noshed on chicken and waffle bites while Amy Sacco teased her next top-secret project to pals Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Frederique Van Der Wal. Vogue, "Katie Holmes and Helena Christensen Celebrate Artist Prune Nourry’s Documentary Serendipity," 16 Oct. 2019 For now, what Philip has to nosh on rivals any personnel buffet in The League. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Chargers’ window open in 2019 NFL season; will it shut again?," 30 Aug. 2019 Grab a beer from the tap, something to nosh on from a food truck, and go hang. Gregory Thomas,, "One Day, One Place: Sacramento," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Debates on community issues take place among noshes of fruit, pastries and juice. Darcel Rockett,, "Vanessa Perry DeReef calls peace workers she trains ‘superheroes’: ‘When you come here, it recharges your cape’," 8 Nov. 2019 In addition to Hoyt Dogs in a Blanket and Chopped Liver Toast, noshes include smoked-and-crisped Pastrami Chicken Wings (normal price is $6.50) and Potato Latkes (normally $5.50). Eric Velasco, al, "Mile End brings Jewish-deli favorites to Birmingham," 22 Oct. 2019 In the photos, two adorable toddlers dressed as Kelly Ripa, who turned 49 on Wednesday, and Ryan Seacrest, 44, nosh on mini cakes shaped like the show’s signature coffee mugs. Rachel Desantis,, "Toddlers Dress as Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest in Adorable Live with Kelly and Ryan-Themed Shoot," 2 Oct. 2019 The requisite escargot did not taste fishy or rubbery - a nice buttery light nosh with garlic. Marc Bona,, "Edwins serves fine French dishes with a cause (review, photos)," 15 Aug. 2019 Or sit back, have a beer, hot or cold drink and a nosh. Robot Brewing Company, 2621 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. Alan Goch,, "Palm Beach South County events for Aug. 7-13," 7 Aug. 2019 When hunger calls, stop by our food truck line-up and nosh on the region’s best food trucks featuring homemade ice cream sandwiches to Mexican street corn and everything in between., "Enter for a chance to win tickets for two to the Amps and Ales Festival at Maryland Live Sept.," 24 July 2019 Diners can enjoy a range of mealtimes, from breakfast to late-night nosh. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019 Diners can enjoy a range of mealtimes, from breakfast to late-night nosh. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019

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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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16 Jan 2020

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“Nosh.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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