nunchion\ˈnu̇nshən, ˈnən-, -nch-\ or
nunch\ˈnu̇nsh, ˈnən-, -nch\
Definition of nuncheon
dialectal, chiefly England
: a light midmorning or midafternoon snack consisting typically of bread, cheese, and beer
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Origin and Etymology of nuncheon
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 — more at noon, shank
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