snack

noun
\ ˈsnak \

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

Grandma kept the kitchen stocked with a few above-average snacks that could be laid out in minutes. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "Rediscover the Art of the Pop-In," 27 Dec. 2018 So, could Veggie be the newest Riverdale 'ship (as well as a healthy snack)? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Camila Mendes Has Some Thoughts About Archie's Non-Varchie Kiss on Last Night's "Riverdale"," 6 Dec. 2018 In reality, according to a recent Postmates feature, John and Chrissy quite like a quick and easy holiday takeout around the holidays, including pho the day before Thanksgiving and McDonald’s as a late-night Christmas Eve snack. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Grills Michael B. Jordan on His Dating Habits," 21 Nov. 2018 The winter weather outside might be frightful, but cozying up inside with our fave Christmas movies on Netflix and some snacks is always delightful. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Christmas Movies on Netflix You Can Stream During the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2018 Whole unsalted nuts As far as I'm concerned nuts are the ultimate travel snack. SELF, "Here’s What a Registered Dietitian Packs to Eat While Traveling," 15 Dec. 2018 Early on, people mixed coffee berries with fat to create an energy-rich snack ball, according to PBS. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "21 Surprising Coffee Facts That Will Perk Up Your Afternoon," 3 Dec. 2018 This means that most people are either planning (or procrastinating) their costumes, candy corn is suddenly a staple in the snack cabinet, and for the beauty obsessed, Halloween hair and makeup tutorials are on non-stop in the background. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Hot Topic Just Launched a Beetlejuice Eye Shadow Palette, and It Already Sold Out," 2 Oct. 2018 Palumbo is prepared for the storm after boarding up one large window and stocking up on snack food. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Fox News, "Hurricane Lane unleashes rain as it shifts closer to Hawaii," 24 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If caught, snacking offenders could be fined anywhere from €150 ($173) to €500 ($578). Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Florence Just Banned Snacking on Certain Streets," 4 Sep. 2018 The company’s Frito-Lay unit, however, remains a snacking powerhouse with brands like Tostitos, Doritos and Lay’s chips dominating grocery-store shelves. Craig Giammona, The Seattle Times, "Pepsi’s first female CEO to end 12-year run, replaced by insider," 6 Aug. 2018 Muffins for the Mind: Monday, June 18, starting at 11 a.m. Spend an hour of fun stimulating your mind with others while snacking on muffins provided by Marlborough Health Center. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 12 June 2018 In the latter, the absurdly gigantic mosasaur (which technically wasn’t even a dinosaur) snacking on great white sharks didn’t grow longer than about 50 feet from head to tail. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better," 12 June 2018 And as such there’s absolutely zero risk that anyone is going to snack on them on their own. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "These Are the Only Crackers You Should Serve with Cheese," 26 Apr. 2018 There’s nothing like biting into a perfectly ripe peach, tossing back a handful of sweet blueberries or snacking on refreshing watermelon. NBC News, "8 summer superfoods to eat after a tough workout," 11 July 2018 North Koreans celebrated the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung, by dancing in plazas and snacking on peanuts. cleveland.com, "Today in History: April 15, 2018," 15 Apr. 2018 The city police will be especially focused on snacking around public fountains, like those in Piazza di Spagna (home of the Spanish Steps) and Piazza Barberini. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rome Cracking Down on Street Drinking, Bad Tourist Behavior With New Laws," 28 Nov. 2018

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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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snack

noun

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)

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

snack

noun
\ ˈsnak \

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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