\ 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


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Along the rocky coastline, thousands of jet-black cormorants congregate and occasionally swoop down for a snack. Tom Downey, WSJ, 26 Sep. 2022 For a snack, end tomato season right with the tomato and goat cheese toast. Alexa Gagosz,, 20 Sep. 2022 Our registered dietitians love that a generous five-piece serving packs in 5 grams of filling fiber and 7 grams of protein for a seriously satisfying snack. Amy Fischer M.s., R.d., Good Housekeeping, 16 Sep. 2022 Serve with veggies and pita chips for an easy snack. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Sep. 2022 The 55-year-old had chosen the edge of the Fontana dei Catecumeni to settle down for a snack around 1 a.m. Saturday local time, local police told CNN. CNN, 7 Sep. 2022 These cute spider cookies are just the thing to make together for an after-school snack. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, 24 Aug. 2022 For a post-workout snack, Soueid has a 90-calorie protein shake and a protein bar. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 21 Aug. 2022 The clip shows a coyote-like creature playing in the dunes of Galveston Island, likely looking for a snack, TPWD said in the post. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 11 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The most recent Super Bowl, for example, was again a parade of celebrities hawking big companies’ products in categories from automobiles to snack food. Megan Graham, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 This nifty electric s’mores maker makes the quintessential campfire snack easy to prepare right in the comfort of your kitchen. Karla Pope, Woman's Day, 10 Sep. 2022 Don't take your phone out, don't snack, don't think about work. Expert Panel, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Get a nitro cold brew, or something more decadent like the mocha frappe, and snack on tacos or a banh mi. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 1 July 2022 Food trucks will be on-site and guests can also snack on some of the orchard’s signature food items. cleveland, 28 June 2022 Each baby is different — some like to snack more often, and others drink more at one time and go longer between feedings. Tribune News Service, al, 7 June 2022 More than two decades after turning down a $120 million offer from Quaker Oats, Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford, the majority owners of Clif Bar, have agreed to sell the energy bar company to snack giant Mondelez for $2.9 billion. Alexandra Sternlicht, Forbes, 24 June 2022 For customers looking for something to snack on, the summer menu has one new item and a few returning fan favorites. Sabrina Weiss,, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of snack


1757, in the meaning defined above


1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snack


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

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29 Sep 2022

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\ ˈsnak How to pronounce snack (audio) \

Kids Definition of snack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small amount of food eaten between meals


snacked; snacking

Kids Definition of snack (Entry 2 of 2)

: to eat a small amount of food between meals

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