Definition of nosh in English:


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Pronunciation: /nɒʃ


[mass noun] British


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  • 1Eat food enthusiastically or greedily: you can nosh to your heart’s content [with object]: there I sat, noshing my favourite food
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    • You can also nosh on tasty food at one of the many nearby cafes.
    • Food was noshed, drink was drunk, stories were told, and a good time was had by all.
    • Samiramiss is one of the area's Middle Eastern mainstays, and one that seems to have its share of regulars, who come often to nosh on their Lebanese specialities for lunch or dinner.
    eat, munch (on), ingest, consume, take, partake of, taste, swallow, devour, feast on, gulp (down), gobble (down), wolf (down), scoff (down), tuck in/into, breakfast (on), lunch (on), dine (on); have breakfast, have lunch, have dinner, have tea, have supper
    informal get stuck into, get one's laughing gear round
    British informal shift, gollop, bevvy
    North American informal scarf (down/up), snarf (down/up), inhale
    rare ingurgitate, bib
  • 1.1North American Eat between meals: today’s grazing is different from what we used to call noshing or snacking
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    • What better way to say ‘welcome’ than to give a gift basket full of decorating magazines, or books, and some organic snacks to nosh on while the boxes are being unpacked?
    • When nutrient-rich food is easily accessible, you're likely to actually use what's on hand to create meals, and to nosh on healthier foods too.
    • It's tempting to nosh while cramming for exams.


early 20th century (denoting a snack bar): Yiddish.

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