Definition of snack in English:



  • 1A small amount of food eaten between meals.

    ‘not many people make it through to the evening meal without a snack’
    • ‘Following a short EFT treatment, his desire for snacks, chocolates and fast food disappeared and allowed him to maintain a healthy diet without effort.’
    • ‘Healthful snacks like nuts, fruit or part-skim mozzarella string cheese can also keep energy up in the late morning or afternoon.’
    • ‘Between pita meals, three snacks of fruit, yogurt, nuts or even frozen yogurt are allowed.’
    • ‘This is why it is added to foods such as bacon, smoked fish, canned vegetables, margarine, bread and savoury snacks.’
    • ‘Recently, a food manufacturer set its innovations department a challenge to create a healthy snack with reduced salt, reduced fat and reduced sugar levels.’
    • ‘By and large, high-salt foods such as salted meat and sausage products, salted snacks, crisps, salted nuts etc. should be avoided.’
    • ‘Teachers have already banned all chocolate biscuits or fatty foods and only allow the children to take healthy snacks to school such as fruit, vegetables and cheese.’
    • ‘The stiff competition included every maker of sweet indulgent snacks from cookies to candies to ice cream.’
    • ‘The bag lunch itself is nutritious, sufficient, if not very inspiring: a sandwich, some juice, a dessert snack or piece of fruit.’
    • ‘She may find that her occasional chocolate binges wane if she eats regular meals with healthy snacks in between.’
    • ‘Some fast food snacks result in you feeling hungry very soon after eating.’
    • ‘Steinhauser agrees that pudding is typically viewed as a dessert, while yogurt is deemed a healthy snack or even a meal replacement.’
    • ‘My friend and I asked at our hotel's front desk one day where we could find the closest store selling non-junk food snacks and half-decent California wines.’
    • ‘Three square meals, with healthy snacks such as fresh fruit and nuts in between will help to dispel Fay's sweet cravings.’
    • ‘During the week there was a poster contest, a healthy food cook-off, and deliciously healthy snacks in the school tuck shop.’
    • ‘In a survey of 91 families, those who watched television at meal times ate more pizza and salty snacks and less fruit and vegetables than other families.’
    • ‘I've got a small amount of raisins as snacks, along with MORE apples.’
    • ‘The sleep-deprived people overwhelmingly asked for candy, starchy foods, and salty snacks such as potato chips.’
    • ‘Although soybean-based tempeh and tofu make popular snacks at streetside food stalls all over the country, they do not get the respect they deserve.’
    • ‘Hong Kongers adore street food and snacks, but local fast fare might not love us, dieticians say.’
    1. 1.1A light meal that is eaten in a hurry or in a casual manner.
      ‘bar snacks are served at lunchtime’
      • ‘They don't usually serve bar snacks until lunch time.’
      • ‘Bar snacks are served and there's a restaurant, live music on Fridays and DJs over the weekend.’
      • ‘Described as a traditional tearoom serving light lunches and snacks, morning coffee and afternoon teas, it is open daily, except Sunday, until 5pm.’
      • ‘Maggie remembered all those past years from which she had made splendid dinners and light sandwiches for snacks and heaven knows how many cups of tea.’
      • ‘Many of the guesthouses also provide dinner, and there's a reasonable selection of pubs serving snacks and bar meals.’
      • ‘Light snacks will be served and a mineral bar only will be available.’
      • ‘For those who want to make a day of it, a rather attractive tea room provides full meals or light snacks.’
      • ‘You can get lighter meals and snacks, as well as afternoon tea, in either the lounge or bar.’
      • ‘There is a choice between the Music Room bar, which serves lunches and snacks, or the more formal Garden Room restaurant.’
      • ‘Coffee, tea and homemade light snacks will be served.’
      • ‘Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served, and reservations are not needed.’
      • ‘The restaurant opens at 8am every day for breakfast and also serves lunch, dinner and bar snacks for late night diners.’
      • ‘The selection covers everything from protein and vegetable meals to snacks, desserts, fruit and vegetables.’
      • ‘The menu had a fair range of options from light snacks to full meals.’
      • ‘Part of the Austrian way of life, the coffeehouse serves as a meeting place and a source for breakfast or a snack or light lunch.’
      • ‘In addition to the restaurants, there is ‘Easy Like a Sunday’, a panoramic lounge and bar offering snacks and an alternative light breakfast.’
      • ‘The menu has a wide selection on offer, with everything from children's meals and snacks to comfort food and fresh seafood and game cooked with a contemporary twist.’
      • ‘The Prince is also adept at producing quick, light supper snacks, which he and the Queen often enjoy when they have dismissed the servants for the night.’
      • ‘The pub will also be able to provide refreshments, such as light snacks, until bar staff stop selling alcohol.’
      • ‘The airy Winter Garden coffee-shop offers snacks and light meals, and is the ideal rendezvous for planning the day ahead.’
      light meal, something to eat, sandwich, supper, treat, refreshments, nibbles, canapés
      bite, bite to eat, a little something
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    2. 1.2Australian informal A thing that is easy to accomplish.
      ‘it'll be a snack’
      • ‘My mistake was in not making clear that there is no direct conversion formula, that one has, as you quite rightly say, to convert Kms to Miles and to convert Litres to Gallons and then it's a snack.’
      • ‘Expect to paddle about 20 km in one or two-person kayaks - puffs me out no end but surely a snack for any worthy Survivor contender.’
      • ‘It's a snack being a kid these days.’


  • Eat a snack.

    ‘she likes to snack on yogurt’
    • ‘As darkness continued to fall the climber was advised to stay put, where she snacked on cheese and crackers to keep her energy up.’
    • ‘I stopped then, snacked on a couple of small oranges, tucked the peel in the little rubbish bag I keep on the back pannier, and sauntered over to look out over the country that'll be my next place to explore.’
    • ‘A survey of more than 2,000 people found that nine out of 10 admitted to snacking between meals.’
    • ‘This evening I had a bowl of chicken soup for dinner and I just finished snacking on a few chocolate chip-walnut cookies.’
    • ‘When her shifts allow it she tries to go to aqua aerobics but snacks between meals on biscuits and chocolate.’
    • ‘Mike had some leftover salmon, pasta, and potatoes so we snacked there, and then played some music.’
    • ‘During a lunch break in Miami-Dade Criminal Court, the couple snacked on nuts and grains wrapped in leaves of kale, with an apple on the side.’
    • ‘But after a while, they got used to snacking on fruit rather than crisps and having sandwiches at lunchtime rather than chips.’
    • ‘I snacked on sticky rice cooked in bamboo, but there were more exotic treats such as crickets, bamboo worms and bee larvae available.’
    • ‘You can start the day with a stewed apple, and if you feel hungry in between meals, try snacking on a juicy pear.’
    • ‘He often eats on the move, snacking on chicken and olive oil mixed with honey (a favourite) and salted almonds.’
    • ‘Workers across North Yorkshire are being urged to stop snacking and make time for a proper breakfast.’
    • ‘The report also found that nine out of ten people snacked, and many replaced meals with ‘grazing’ on foods often dangerously high in saturated fat.’
    • ‘Conventional dietetic advice is usually to avoid snacking between meals, on the basis that this just adds to the calorie count for the day.’
    • ‘Nine in 10 people questioned in the survey said they snacked between meals.’
    • ‘I seem to be eating about 2 meals a day, if that, but I also seem to be snacking more than usual.’
    • ‘Protein meals also stabilise blood sugar, plus you will be able to go longer between meals without snacking.’
    • ‘Quite some time back I was snacking and found the perfect rice cracker.’
    • ‘I snacked on nuts, veggie sticks and my favourite - cheese!’
    • ‘I've been fairly restrained in my eating and snacking over Christmas - despite all the chocolate goodies laid out on the table!’
    eat between meals, nibble, munch
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Middle English (originally in the sense ‘snap, bite’): from Middle Dutch snac(k), from snacken to bite, variant of snappen. Senses relating to food date from the late 17th century.