Definition of snack in English:

snack

Syllabification: snack
Pronunciation: /snak
 
/

noun

  • 1A small amount of food eaten between meals.
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    • Some fast food snacks result in you feeling hungry very soon after eating.
    • Healthful snacks like nuts, fruit or part-skim mozzarella string cheese can also keep energy up in the late morning or afternoon.
    • The stiff competition included every maker of sweet indulgent snacks from cookies to candies to ice cream.
  • 1.1A light meal that is eaten in a hurry or in a casual manner.
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    • Described as a traditional tearoom serving light lunches and snacks, morning coffee and afternoon teas, it is open daily, except Sunday, until 5pm.
    • Light snacks will be served and a mineral bar only will be available.
    • In addition to the restaurants, there is ‘Easy Like a Sunday’, a panoramic lounge and bar offering snacks and an alternative light breakfast.
    Synonyms
    light meal, collation, treat, refreshments, lunch, nibbles, tidbit(s)
    informal bite (to eat)

verb

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  • Eat a snack: she likes to snack on yogurt
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    • The report also found that nine out of ten people snacked, and many replaced meals with ‘grazing’ on foods often dangerously high in saturated fat.
    • I snacked on nuts, veggie sticks and my favourite - cheese!
    • I stopped then, snacked on a couple of small oranges, tucked the peel in the little rubbish bag I keep on the back pannier, and sauntered over to look out over the country that'll be my next place to explore.
    Synonyms
    eat between meals, nibble, munch
    informal graze, nosh

Origin

Middle English (originally in the sense 'snap, bite'): from Middle Dutch snac(k), from snacken 'to bite', variant of snappen. Senses relating to food date from the late 17th century.

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