Definition of munch in English:



[with object]
  • Eat (something) steadily and often audibly.

    ‘Russell munched his breakfast toast’
    • ‘By the age of five, a child will have munched their way through £2,935 worth of food.’
    • ‘Here I munched my sandwich and watched a sheep carefully and daintily nibble flowerheads off thistles.’
    • ‘It becomes an addiction - you can quite happily sit there and munch your way through a whole loaf.’
    • ‘Summer is the time when local fields are groaning with fresh strawberries and visitors can munch their way around the strawberry patches.’
    • ‘He munched his way through 165 kernels, picking them up with a toothpick.’
    • ‘I fixed lunch, we munched it quietly, and I took myself off for a half-hour of feet up time in readiness for the outing.’
    • ‘All three were calmly munching the grass quite happy and at peace.’
    • ‘I got rid of them while I munched my toast and drank the first of about a dozen cups of tea.’
    • ‘Do any of us really feel in the mood for getting dolled up and munching our way through a three-course meal at the moment?’
    • ‘We sat in the window, munching croissants and sipping scalding hot coffee, watching the world go by.’
    • ‘My son had the leftovers for supper and I heard him exclaiming his delight as he munched his way through the last few bits.’
    • ‘Lily made herself a sandwich for dinner and munched the remaining slice of bread.’
    • ‘It's the classic tale of a caterpillar who munches his way through apples, plums, pears and strawberries, before turning into a beautiful butterfly.’
    • ‘And so, as crunchy pizza was munched and enjoyed, and meal-time books read, the episode passed.’
    • ‘An eight-year-old bounced up with her squash and munching a biscuit during the break.’
    • ‘Just munched my way through a fantastic casserole and half a bottle of really-very-good Chilean Merlot.’
    • ‘Fifteen minutes later we were sitting in the kitchen munching a late lunch and leafing through our new books.’
    • ‘The best way to test a chilli for strength is to munch a bit before cooking.’
    • ‘I munched the crunchy bit of seed that was left, swallowed and reached out for more.’
    • ‘Spent the afternoon munching digestives, which were the low fat alternative that shatter all over the desk and your lap.’
    chew, champ, chomp, masticate, crunch, scrunch, eat
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Late Middle English: imitative; compare with crunch.