Definition of morsel in English:



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

    ‘Juliet pushed a morsel of toast into her mouth’
    • ‘Not a morsel of food passed my lips without the calorie value being carefully noted in my food diary.’
    • ‘A raccoon on a patio chomps eagerly on a stolen morsel of food.’
    • ‘Finishing the last morsel of food he could uncover on his tray, Ben sunk into his chair with a sigh, feeling content.’
    • ‘Not a morsel of food on her plate would be touched tonight.’
    • ‘He stood up from his chair as soon as he finished the last few morsels of food on his plate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My three guests agreed the chicken breast morsels needed to have been sealed and marinaded first.’
    • ‘Signaling my server for more brandy, I broke the cake in two, and delicately bit off a morsel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lunch in tapas bars is a Spanish treat, serving tasty portions of tortilla, fresh prawns, marinaded red peppers and other morsels of local food.’
    • ‘I slave for hours on end in poor working conditions just to bring you a single morsel of edible hearty food!’
    • ‘I will also bring you a morsel of food; it will give you the strength to continue your journey.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This sauce, usually made with herbs and peppercorns, isn't spicy but loans a piquant, peppery flavour to the tender morsels of chicken.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Libby could practically hear the pens of the journalists scribbling down this morsel of information.’
      • ‘The press, in turn, enjoys that interplay, even as they're scrambling for morsels and crumbs of information from the guy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It takes a lot to knock it out of me, but I have lost every bit of trust and every morsel of loyalty.’
      • ‘For those of you unfamiliar with the writer let me provide a few morsels of information.’
      • ‘The captions offer only a morsel of background information and generally do not provide source information about the photographs.’


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