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

Bring your own snacks to save some money and free yourself from the mercy of the lounge-car and dining-car hours. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "What it’s like to take a 35-hour ride on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train from Los Angeles to Seattle," 29 Mar. 2019 Southwest Airlines, the carrier that has for years used its free peanut snacks as a marketing gimmick, will stop serving nuts on flights starting Aug. 1. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "Peanut allergies spur Southwest to switch its free onboard snacks," 10 July 2018 Students also learn how to share their snacks, ride a bicycle, comb their hair, organize their books and bags, use the toilet, and say their prayers, among other things. Eam Asaduzzaman And Shababa Iqbal, The Christian Science Monitor, "School in Bangladesh builds confidence for autistic students – and their parents," 10 July 2018 Shares of the maker of Oreo cookies, Cadbury chocolates and other snacks are up 20% this year in the belief that emerging markets, where the company makes 40% of its sales, will offer stronger growth. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Mondelez Sugar High May Not Last," 20 Feb. 2019 So where are the other 17 weekly snacks being consumed? Zoya Gervis, Fox News, "Majority of Americans no longer eat 3 meals a day, study finds," 27 Sep. 2018 Food service ended June 5, although chips, jerky and other snacks will be available to meet state laws requiring bars serve some food. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Fountain Square restaurant Pioneer stops serving food," 6 June 2018 Food ☆☆☆ Dumplings and other snacks had integrity, with some standouts, like open sea-bass dumplings, that aren’t seen often. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Seafood is a real strength at this new dim-sum spot in Sacramento's central city | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 While things aren’t going exactly as planned, Dari Dip will begin selling hot dogs and other snacks at Indiana Dunes State Park this holiday weekend. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Dunes pavilion snack shop opening plan forced to go mobile," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

During his time in Manchester, Buttner was known for his love of chips, snacking on the high fat food until joy vacuum David Moyes banned them during his brief stint at the club. SI.com, "Big Butts: Ex-Man Utd Defender's Alleged Chip Addiction Means He Hasn't Played in 2018," 3 Apr. 2018 There rang out, for a few moments, the sounds of snacking success. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Healthy Snack Food Actually Healthy—or Just Addictive?," 18 Jan. 2019 Storebought or homemade bars Nutrition and snack bars are another go-to for snacking on my travels. SELF, "Here’s What a Registered Dietitian Packs to Eat While Traveling," 15 Dec. 2018 Well, snacking on foods that are high on the glycemic index (like chips and brownies) can, in turn, trigger your body to produce more ghrelin and other hunger-inducing chemicals, explains Dr. Greves. Anthea Levi, Health.com, "4 Period Symptoms No One Ever Talks About," 8 Mar. 2018 That means booking a cozy room in Le Pavillon de la Reine or Maison Souquet , and spending lots of time in Paris's best bakeries and cafes, snacking on croissants and café. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: U.S. to Paris, Amsterdam from $120," 17 Dec. 2018 Between sessions of getting their groove on, party-goers quenched their thirst with Rethink boxed flavored water, snacking on refreshments like Nitropod’s Dragon Breath cereal and Halo Top ice cream. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Travis Barker Throws Daughter an Epic 13th Birthday Bash — 7 Months Ahead of Her Special Day," 22 May 2018 Entire families had come along, some snacking on ice cream or sandwiches, as the protests raged hundreds of yards away. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "A Child of Gaza Dies. A Symbol Is Born. The Arguing Begins.," 16 May 2018 Going to sleep within two hours of eating dinner and snacking after dinner were also associated with obesity, but skipping breakfast was not. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Eating Fast May Raise Obesity Risk," 22 Feb. 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)

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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