nuncheon

noun

nun·​cheon
variants or less commonly nunchion
ˈnu̇nshən,
ˈnən-,
-nch-
or nunch
ˈnu̇nsh,
ˈnən-,
-nch
plural nuncheons also nunchions or nunches
dialectal, chiefly England
: a light midmorning or midafternoon snack consisting typically of bread, cheese, and beer

Word History

Etymology

nuncheon, nunchion from Middle English nonechench, noneschench, literally, noon drink, from none noon + schench drink, cup, from Old English scenc; akin to Old English scencan to pour out drink, give to drink, Old High German skenken to pour out, Old Norse skakkr crooked, askew; nunch short for nuncheon, nunchion

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“Nuncheon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nuncheon. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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