Definition of morsel in English:



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

    ‘Juliet pushed a morsel of toast into her mouth’
    • ‘Or are his children so needy that they are obliged to sell their father's house for a morsel of bread?’
    • ‘I slave for hours on end in poor working conditions just to bring you a single morsel of edible hearty food!’
    • ‘A raccoon on a patio chomps eagerly on a stolen morsel of 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.’
    • ‘Signaling my server for more brandy, I broke the cake in two, and delicately bit off a morsel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lunch in tapas bars is a Spanish treat, serving tasty portions of tortilla, fresh prawns, marinaded red peppers and other morsels of local food.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This sauce, usually made with herbs and peppercorns, isn't spicy but loans a piquant, peppery flavour to the tender morsels of chicken.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I will also bring you a morsel of food; it will give you the strength to continue your journey.’
    • ‘He stood up from his chair as soon as he finished the last few morsels of food on his plate.’
    • ‘Not a morsel of food on her plate would be touched tonight.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Libby could practically hear the pens of the journalists scribbling down this morsel of information.’
      • ‘The captions offer only a morsel of background information and generally do not provide source information about the photographs.’
      • ‘The press, in turn, enjoys that interplay, even as they're scrambling for morsels and crumbs of information from the guy.’
      • ‘It takes a lot to knock it out of me, but I have lost every bit of trust and every morsel of loyalty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.