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

Pick up a coffee and quick breakfast in the morning, stop in for a cocktail before dinner, or grab some snacks and souvenirs to bring home. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Denver’s Coolest Bars, Restaurants, and Shops Are All in This One Neighborhood," 6 Nov. 2018 My mom wanted to open a little store in our house to sell snacks and juices. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "“I Was Taken to a Huge Cage”," 14 Aug. 2018 Through the program, a part of the United States Department of Agriculture, children 18 and younger may receive free meals and snacks. Rick Mauch, star-telegram, "Free summer lunches a tasty hit in Fort Worth area," 3 July 2018 Farm 779 will have coconut kefirs and reductions, krauts, kvass, kombucha, ketogenic snacks and cookies. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Salmon fishing season got you down? Here are locals who can help fill your freezer," 27 June 2018 Gather the kids and ask them to come up with a mix of healthful and fun snacks, then add them to your Kroger ClickList. Kroger, The Courier-Journal, "School's out for summer! Now what? Simplify with these 6 tips for parents," 18 June 2018 Drink it with a bunch of snacks named pintxos (peen-chos). Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These rooftop bars and restaurants will help you live your best summer," 18 June 2018 Signature fare: special coffees, herbal teas, a selection of organic snacks (including a corps of avocado toast options) and few decadent sweets. Andrew Ferren, WSJ, "How to Spend an Indulgent Day in Madrid for $2,400—or $400," 13 June 2018 By sunset, guests had spilled out onto the sidewalk, still drinking, still holding plates of snacks, definitely not thinking about work the next day. Emily Sundberg, Bon Appetit, "Alexis Schwartz Wants You to Pair Magnums of Natural Wine with Takeout," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Antvorskov is a mild cow’s milk cheese with a dense paste that has the nuttiness of Gruyere, the dense toasted milky-ness of Gouda, and the I-can’t-stop-eating-this appeal of your favorite snacking cheese. Tia Keenan, Bon Appetit, "These 5 Cheese Plates Are Perfect, So Copy Them Exactly," 24 Apr. 2018 Rory and Dixie, Australian shepherds, were among the pups snacking on doggie hunt treats. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe moves egg hunt for kids, dogs inside but still draws a crowd," 3 Apr. 2018 In my path were two large black crows, snacking on roadkill. Hayley Krischer, New York Times, "Marfa Road Trip: Thelma and Louise, With a Happier Ending," 22 Jan. 2018 Dress in your finest whites and sip and snack your way through a buffet featuring a smoking station, raw bar and cocktail pairings. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego County restaurants start the season with summer specials," 21 June 2018 Some snacked on popcorn while others cooled themselves with fans. Nina Agrawal, latimes.com, "Santa Clarita may join other cities in opposing California's 'sanctuary' law," 9 May 2018 Ireland loved snacking on ice cream, Jolly Ranchers freezer pops and fruit. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "Grandma turns playhouse into memorial for granddaughters found dead in Clay County," 6 July 2018 The man makes his living thinking about food, writing about food and, of course, eating, so surely, in the comfort and safety of his own home, Vettel could find something to snack on. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Blood on the guacamole: Is avocado hand reaching epidemic proportions?," 15 June 2018 After a social time snacking on Courthouse Pizza, popcorn and beverages, the guests settled down to view the film, following a welcome by Main Street Medina Executive Director Matt Wiederhold. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "Medina goes a little bit Back to the Future in new promotional video," 2 May 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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