Definition of morsel in English:



  • 1A small piece or amount of food; a mouthful.

    ‘Juliet pushed a morsel of toast into her mouth’
    • ‘Every morsel of food we eat has to be broken down into nutrients that can be absorbed by the body, which is why it takes hours to fully digest food.’
    • ‘My three guests agreed the chicken breast morsels needed to have been sealed and marinaded first.’
    • ‘I will also bring you a morsel of food; it will give you the strength to continue your journey.’
    • ‘Not a morsel of food passed my lips without the calorie value being carefully noted in my food diary.’
    • ‘Finishing the last morsel of food he could uncover on his tray, Ben sunk into his chair with a sigh, feeling content.’
    • ‘He stood up from his chair as soon as he finished the last few morsels of food on his plate.’
    • ‘The serving women were already packing up their utensils and carrying them off and men everywhere were gleaning the last morsels of food from their bowls.’
    • ‘Or are his children so needy that they are obliged to sell their father's house for a morsel of bread?’
    • ‘These are just a few morsels of ‘food for thought’ from a very interesting article that would make you think twice before you buy once.’
    • ‘I slave for hours on end in poor working conditions just to bring you a single morsel of edible hearty food!’
    • ‘The village was in the low ground between two shallow hills so that a stream ran through the ditch, and there were a handful of small fish traps to catch a morsel of good meat whenever the opportunity presented itself.’
    • ‘Lunch in tapas bars is a Spanish treat, serving tasty portions of tortilla, fresh prawns, marinaded red peppers and other morsels of local food.’
    • ‘A raccoon on a patio chomps eagerly on a stolen morsel of food.’
    • ‘At this time, particularly in the rural areas, some underprivileged people would go from door to door asking for a morsel of food or some money.’
    • ‘This sauce, usually made with herbs and peppercorns, isn't spicy but loans a piquant, peppery flavour to the tender morsels of chicken.’
    • ‘Not a morsel of food on her plate would be touched tonight.’
    • ‘Signaling my server for more brandy, I broke the cake in two, and delicately bit off a morsel.’
    mouthful, bite, nibble, bit, small piece, soupçon, taste, sample, spoonful, forkful, crumb, grain, particle, fragment, fraction, scrap, sliver, shred, pinch, drop, dollop, whit, atom, granule, segment, spot, modicum, gobbet
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    1. 1.1 A small piece or amount.
      ‘there was a morsel of consolation for the British team’
      • ‘For those of you unfamiliar with the writer let me provide a few morsels of information.’
      • ‘The press, in turn, enjoys that interplay, even as they're scrambling for morsels and crumbs of information from the guy.’
      • ‘Libby could practically hear the pens of the journalists scribbling down this morsel of information.’
      • ‘Sam was attempting to squeeze out any morsels of information that he could find helpful later on, and wasn't been secretive about it.’
      • ‘Each day, a member of the kitchen staff is responsible for researching a morsel of information about food.’
      • ‘Not since my first and final term of grad school have I taken a morsel of foreign information and extrapolated it into a moderately coherent essay.’
      • ‘The captions offer only a morsel of background information and generally do not provide source information about the photographs.’
      • ‘It takes a lot to knock it out of me, but I have lost every bit of trust and every morsel of loyalty.’
      • ‘I know because I'm scouring each and every one of them for some morsel of insight that will lead me to the best spot.’


Middle English: from Old French, diminutive of mors ‘a bite’, from Latin mors- ‘bitten’, from the verb mordere.