snack

noun
\ 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

snack

verb
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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Founded in Philadelphia five years ago, customers may order snacks and drinks via the goPuff app in more than 150 markets. Kathy Jumper, al, "Wendy’s owner to build new restaurant," 16 Feb. 2020 Students brought pan dulce, salty snacks and Mexican candy. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: SAC students heading to state conference to speak about Ranger mascot controversy," 15 Feb. 2020 Behind the scenes, volunteers rally around her to make sure thousands have food, snacks, and beverages over the next four weeks. Brandon Chase, BostonGlobe.com, "Methuen well-prepared for four weeks of championship wrestling," 14 Feb. 2020 Each one will be groomed and pampered, allowed a few snacks and even a nap or two, and then poked and prodded and allowed to preen. New York Times, "Westminster Dog Show Photos: Ready for Prime Time," 12 Feb. 2020 Oullion-Simon has now developed another eight variants and is working on salty snacks and an edible wrapper. Christina Mackenzie, Popular Science, "Tasty homemade ‘energy balls’ could help French soldiers get the fuel they need," 12 Feb. 2020 Whoever thinks traveling is all munching on airport snacks and enjoying the breathtaking view has never been on a long, noisy flight. Kelsey Mulvey, Popular Mechanics, "Score Sony’s WH1000XM3 Wireless Headphones for $50 Less at Amazon," 10 Feb. 2020 From fridge staples like butter and cheese to healthy on-the-go snacks and meals, these 12 picks deserve a spot in your kitchen or bag ASAP. Maya Mcdowell, Woman's Day, "These Are the 41 Home Products You Need to Try In 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 The Chalet is a multi-level facility featuring a concession stand, with a variety of beverages and snacks; an indoor and outdoor fireplace; a heated loft that overlooks the toboggan chutes; and a large-screen TV in the main lounge and upstairs loft. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Give your sweetie a thrill with a downhill ride in the park: Strong Points," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bears have been known to wander into the local Vons and just start snacking. Los Angeles Times, oregonlive, "‘Bear whisperer’ of California keeps critters alive," 16 Feb. 2020 Sitting with four of her spinone Italiano pals, snacking near Ring 1, Sebastian offered another view on the pooch pageant. Ben Walker, Anchorage Daily News, "Poodle perfection: Siba wins best in show at Westminster," 12 Feb. 2020 Sitting with four of her spinone Italiano pals, snacking near Ring 1, Sebastian offered another view on the pooch pageant. CBS News, "Siba the standard poodle wins "Best in Show" at Westminster Dog Show," 12 Feb. 2020 Consumer Score: 81% rated it 4 stars or higher Its sound-off setting allows for midnight snacking without disturbing your roommate. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Microwaves for Your Countertop," 4 Feb. 2020 The biggest snacking day of the year is a week away. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Guacamole, sliders, wings and more: Must have Super Bowl snacks," 26 Jan. 2020 Once fully grown, the crypt-keeper leaves the burrow by snacking its way through the gall wasp’s head. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Parasitic Crypt-Keeper Wasp Manipulates the Minds of Seven Fellow Insect Species," 27 Sep. 2019 Here are some of our all-time favorite dip recipes to take your Super Bowl snacking to the next level. oregonlive, "Super Bowl 2020 party food: 24 essential dips, including the ultimate guacamole and Buffalo Chicken Dip," 29 Jan. 2020 And that combined with my weakness for them equals a snacking problem. David G. Allan, CNN, "Year-long resolutions don't work. Here's how to make 12 'micro-resolutions' instead," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of snack

Noun

1757, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snack

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for snack

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The first known use of snack was in 1757

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Last Updated

19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snack. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for snack

snack

noun
How to pronounce snack (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of snack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small amount of food eaten between meals

snack

verb

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

informal : to eat a small amount of food between meals : to eat a snack

snack

noun
\ ˈsnak How to pronounce snack (audio) \

Kids Definition of snack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small amount of food eaten between meals

snack

verb
snacked; snacking

Kids Definition of snack (Entry 2 of 2)

: to eat a small amount of food between meals

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