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

For the humans, there will be snacks and wine, Stacie said. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Retired thoroughbred racehorses find home in Taneytown, Maryland’s first sanctuary farm," 13 Sep. 2019 That includes the clinic, a T-shirt, snack and dancer admission to the football game. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 9 Sep. 2019 Anju references the snacks and small plates typical of those offered in Korean drinking establishments, says Danny Lee. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Aging is a very good thing at Anju in Dupont Circle," 6 Sep. 2019 Kellogg is seeking to offset declines in cereal sales with gains in snacks and frozen foods. Deena Shanker, chicagotribune.com, "Kellogg set to roll out bleeding soy burger as it catches up on fake meat front," 5 Sep. 2019 Kellogg is seeking to offset declines in cereal sales with gains in snacks and frozen foods. Bloomberg News, al, "Incogmeato? Kellogg’s Morningstar Farms to sell its own plant-based imitation burger," 4 Sep. 2019 Food will be served free of charge in many on-site restaurants, as well as offered at pop-up stations around dance floors while waiters brings trays of snacks and cocktails to dancers throughout the party. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Diplo, Claude VonStroke, Chris Lake & More Set For Holy Ship Wrecked 2020: Full Lineup," 26 July 2019 The rest of the time, players make snack and meal choices on their own. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "U of L basketball players eat 10 times a day. What the heck are they chowing down on?," 11 July 2019 Drinking water Just like snacks and food, extra water is vital for keeping healthy and alert during long trips. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "Hitting the road? Packing these 10 simple things could save your life," 31 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The giant fish, which can fetch as much as $64 a pound in Tokyo’s fish markets, was caught red-handed snacking on fresh salmon after breaking through the netting of an offshore fish farm run by Leroy Seafood Group ASA in Norway’s Trondelag region. Los Angeles Times, "A pricey tuna swims into a salmon farm to dine. Sorry, Charlie, now you’re on the menu," 29 Aug. 2019 The group snacked on some bar bites, including barbecue wings, beef sliders and fries, and stayed from about three hours. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "The Bachelorette's Tyler Cameron and Gigi Hadid Spotted Out Together Again in N.Y.C.," 14 Aug. 2019 There’s mesh on the tree trunks inside Kilimanjaro Safaris to protect the plants from hungry giraffes that like to snack on bark. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney: Animal Kingdom cast members share facts on Wild Africa Trek," 8 Aug. 2019 At a splash park in San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso, Kevin Garzon and his fianceé, Racquel Lopez, snacked on chocolate cake and sipped sodas while watching their three kids play in the fountains at the edge of the park. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "'Mom, it's happening again!' Two mass shootings leave El Paso residents wondering if anywhere is safe," 5 Aug. 2019 This time of year is prime for humpback sightings in Monterey Bay: The hungry leviathans stop in the area each summer to snack on schooling anchovies. Sarah Keartes, National Geographic, "How a humpback whale ended up with a sea lion in its mouth," 30 July 2019 Or your new habit of Netflixing until the wee hours also involves snacking well past midnight. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "Why You're Gaining Weight Suddenly, According to Doctors and Dietitians," 27 Aug. 2019 This helped them kick the late-night snacking habit. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Intermittent fasting and a new passion helped him lose 95 pounds," 26 Aug. 2019 The grocery bill similarly drops because Silva and her husband are only shopping to provide one meal each day — instead of two or three — and whatever snacks the children will munch on throughout the day. oregonlive.com, "Back to school: For some Oregon families, free and reduced lunches are a lifeline," 24 Aug. 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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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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