\ˈnäsh \
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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Clusters of women in leather pants and high heels noshed on appetizers, finance bros in double-breasted suits sipped Manhattans, and rocker cliques in skin-tight jeans and chunky boots lounged in suede armchairs and on leather couches. Ian Frisch, Longreads, "Anthony Bourdain and the Missing Piece," 9 June 2018 Straight off of Oprah's list of favorite recipes, make one of these four delicious and easy dips to nosh on while viewing. Redbook, "Eat Like Oprah: What to Serve at Your Farewell Party," 20 May 2011

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The Huebner Oaks shopping center features more than 50 retailers and restaurants, including Old Navy, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Gap to shop, and La Madeleine and Chipotle Mexican Grill to nosh, along with Regal Huebner Oaks Stadium 14 & RPX for movies. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio malls provide wide variety of shopping experiences," 11 June 2018 When: June 24 Where: Montrose Beach How much: $25-$55 The skinny: Bring your buds to try out over 40 whiskeys and wines, nosh on food truck grub and dance to live music. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this weekend: June 22-25," 22 June 2017 Bring lunch, or grab a little nosh from the in-house café., "Deerfield and Pompano Beach area events, May 9-19," 8 May 2018 Popcorn has been on the appetizer menu as a nosh in one form or another for years, with good reason. Marc Bona,, "Crop Bistro's grandeur is worth the trip to Ohio City restaurant," 20 Mar. 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


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


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English Language Learners Definition of nosh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to eat food



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

: a light meal

: a serving of food

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