\ ˈsnak How to pronounce snack (audio) \

Definition of snack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a light meal : food eaten between regular meals also : food suitable for snacking


snacked; snacking; snacks

Definition of snack (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to eat a snack

Examples of snack in a Sentence

Noun He had a snack of chips and dip. I didn't have time for lunch so I just grabbed a quick snack. peanuts, potato chips, and other snack foods Verb She tries not to snack between meals. I'll just snack on an apple if I'm hungry.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Commerce focuses on a small strip where a barber shop and a liquor store flank a convenience store where residents can get snack foods, buy lottery tickets and fill their cars with gasoline. Tom Foreman Jr., USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 The pretzel, one of the fastest-growing snack foods in the world, recently crossed a billion dollars a year in sales. The Conversation, oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2022 Super Bowl snacks are the, well, Super Bowl of snack foods. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 12 Feb. 2022 In line with recent Super Bowls, snack foods (and fast food brands) were again major buyers of ad time during. Charlie Amter, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 Capable of processing over 2 million packages a week, the Darlington center is a deafening maze of conveyor belts ferrying everything from books and snack foods to toys and electronic gadgets. WSJ, 21 Jan. 2022 For a perfect at-home happy hour, set out a dish of these rye chips as an alternative to potato chips, cheesy puffs or other typical snack foods to satisfy that craving for a salty crunch that frosty adult beverages demand. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Dec. 2021 As America’s appetite for snack foods has grown during the pandemic, Mondelez International, Nabisco’s parent company, wants some employees to work longer shifts to make more high-demand items. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 30 Aug. 2021 Like what would be your snack and drink of choice at a gas station? Sasha Urban, Variety, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On the rooftop of California Market, where armed Koreans once patrolled, hipsters snack on spicy rice cakes and Korean corn dogs. Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Watching my friends joyfully snack on this cereal—a nostalgic American classic with a Southeast Asian twist—made my Fil-Am heart feel whole. Julia Duarte, Bon Appétit, 30 Mar. 2022 Whether planning to brave the cold or just looking to snack on some Irish soda bread at home, there are a number of ways to celebrate the holiday in Chicago and the suburbs. Ashley Capoot,, 11 Mar. 2022 But take this one step further, AWR advised, and take further steps to get rid of the rodents that snakes like to snack on. Rose Kennedy, ajc, 20 Apr. 2022 The meal is $42 or $20 for kids under age 11, who can snack on a special buffet of mac and cheese, chicken fingers and french fries. Samantha Nelson,, 7 Apr. 2022 What are your favorite craft services items to snack on? COLLIN: Popcorn. Dalton Ross,, 3 Feb. 2022 The man is whisked away to surgery, and Gigi is left to snack on something inside the SUV until animal control arrives. Lincee Ray,, 25 Mar. 2022 Chock-full of protein, fiber, and healthy fats, nuts and seeds are among the easiest and most portable heart-healthy diet foods to snack on morning or night, Burak says. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of snack


1757, in the meaning defined above


1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snack


Middle English snak bite, from snaken to bite, perhaps from Middle Dutch snacken to snap at — more at snatch

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20 May 2022

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More Definitions for snack


\ ˈsnak How to pronounce snack (audio) \

Kids Definition of snack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small amount of food eaten between meals


snacked; snacking

Kids Definition of snack (Entry 2 of 2)

: to eat a small amount of food between meals

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