Definition of nosh in English:

nosh

noun

British
informal
  • 1Food.

    ‘filling the freezer with all kinds of nosh’
    • ‘Owner Kenny is planning a monster bash with heaps of free nosh (pork pies, pasta and chicken) to make his wife Star's 23rd and his daughter Nadine's 21st birthdays a time to remember.’
    • ‘And as a result, the village has been jam-packed all week by people in posh cars coming to sample the local nosh.’
    • ‘No, what used to be reasonably priced restaurant food is now expensive nosh.’
    • ‘There were hundreds of them, scoffing the free nosh and hoovering down the drink and wittering on as if they were the saviours of the world.’
    • ‘For more than 20 years she has been a volunteer on the special White Rose Pullman, where diners pay as much as £60 for top nosh.’
    • ‘It's not posh nosh, just slightly more upmarket pub grub, so anyone after a real culinary experience should perhaps steer clear.’
    • ‘You'd not go there for posh nosh but if all you're after is a reasonable cup of coffee and an honest-to-goodness everyday nibble then it does very nicely.’
    • ‘I felt the need of posh nosh today so I fired up the little blue Ford and motored down to Taunton, intent on spending an obscene amount of my weekly housekeeping on goodies from Marks & Spencer.’
    • ‘It's a Mexican themed night with lots of moustaches, tequila, comedians, spicy nosh, raffles, dancing and DJs.’
    • ‘If you really want to, as it were, push the boat out, you can hire a private room on this boat, which means you get some nosh as well.’
    • ‘There will be hot roasted chestnuts and other nosh from Christmas past, as well as traditional ornament-making.’
    • ‘Driving out to Thorganby, in York's satellite belt of wealthy commuter villages, I'd vaguely expected a fairly traditional country pub, hopefully with a nice line in posh nosh.’
    • ‘It is No 26 on the ‘Inn Way’ and was chock-a-block with walkers shovelling down the all day nosh.’
    • ‘I'd just finished loading the weekend posh nosh into the boot.’
    • ‘This week, we have teamed up with the John Barras pub group to give away £140 of top notch nosh at the excellent Ainsty.’
    • ‘Of course, I've had to ignore the fact that I don't see the point in posh nosh when a mixed grill or fry-up tastes better and costs less.’
    • ‘They grab some nosh at the food court and then undertake a thorough examination of the software departments of stores all in and around the mall.’
    • ‘If you're like me and will be dining in glorious isolation on St Valentine's Day, your best option might be to order in some posh nosh - double helpings, of course.’
    • ‘Start-of-season trout fishermen cast their flies across the crystal water as I strode past, hungry for the good nosh at the Abbey Tearooms.’
    • ‘Lovely parents came back and fitted my car battery for me which has fixed the problem, so we decided to drag ourselves out and eat at Dukes which was painful but worth it to get some decent nosh in our tummies.’
    food, sustenance, nourishment, nutriment, fare, daily bread, groceries, rations, iron rations
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    1. 1.1North American A snack or small item of food.
      ‘have plenty of noshes and nibbles conveniently placed’
      • ‘Nothing sours a social function like some people getting all the nosh.’
      • ‘Even if they were semicircle instead of full-circle, my pancakes managed to survive as a decent nosh.’
      • ‘After a quick nosh at Balans with Tom and Nick, the three of us set off for the Retro Bar for the quiz.’
      • ‘And they are typically sad and relatively reserved events, and then afterwards you have a nosh and people tell some funny stories.’
      meal, snack
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verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • 1Eat food enthusiastically or greedily.

    ‘there are several restaurants, so you can nosh to your heart's content’
    with object ‘there I sat, noshing my favorite food’
    • ‘Food was noshed, drink was drunk, stories were told, and a good time was had by all.’
    • ‘Politeness is not top of your average New Yorker's agenda when it comes to early morning or lunchtime dining: they want to nosh and go.’
    • ‘You can also nosh on tasty food at one of the many nearby cafes.’
    • ‘The patio menu is a subset of the regular restaurant menu, with salads and lighter fare being the popular selections with diners noshing under the stars.’
    • ‘When you're done noshing, you can kick back in this setting on a wicker sofa with a sweet caipirinha on the rocks in hand.’
    • ‘Before you nosh on your order, you get to nibble on thin and crispy poppadums brushed with ghee, made even yummier when used to scoop up diced pickled carrots sprinkled with black sesame.’
    • ‘Although this certainly isn't my favourite place in Waterloo, and I am convinced that somewhere out there is a breakfast place that combines good service with excellent noshing, I would return to Benny's.’
    • ‘After a lifetime of noshing on rashers of bacon and fried eggs and homemade caramel doughnuts, Grandma was fortified with a stomach, and subsequent arteries, of pure titanium.’
    • ‘A man playing the accordion entertained us as we noshed on a bacon sandwich and a butter tart on a bench by the water.’
    • ‘They can often be seen noshing there as a perspiring Stanley picks up their cheques.’
    • ‘Insects are not interested in noshing it, and the material will not rot, no matter how damp the climate.’
    • ‘There are plenty of the buds of blueberry and fresh new leaves of salmonberry and salal for the deer to nosh on.’
    • ‘And while you peruse the menu you can nosh on the classic Med starter of grilled bread slices swirled around in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.’
    • ‘This had quite a lot to do with the excesses of Friday night's office party - which had me out boozing, noshing and bopping (1980s retro night at The Cookie Club) for seven and a half hours solid.’
    • ‘There really is an endearing quality to this thousand-pound-plus hunk of marine mammal as I watch it grab floating heads of lettuce to nosh just below the surface.’
    • ‘Samiramiss is one of the area's Middle Eastern mainstays, and one that seems to have its share of regulars, who come often to nosh on their Lebanese specialities for lunch or dinner.’
    • ‘You nosh away at your olives, your bread, your roasted red peppers until your thirst overwhelms you.’
    • ‘Perhaps that's why everyone enjoys pandas, be it watching them play or simply noshing a stick of bamboo.’
    • ‘And if that means children can choose to nosh on hot-dogs, French fries, beans and doughnuts, well, that's up to them.’
    • ‘The big tourist activity here is shark-feeding in the lagoon: visitors line up in the water along a rope tied between coral heads, while on the other side a couple of reef sharks nosh on fish parts tossed to them by local guides.’
    eat, munch, munch on, ingest, consume, take, partake of, taste, swallow, devour, feast on, gulp, gulp down, gobble, gobble down, wolf, wolf down, scoff, scoff down, tuck in, tuck into, breakfast, breakfast on, lunch, lunch on, dine, dine on
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    1. 1.1North American Eat between meals.
      ‘today's grazing is different from what we used to call noshing or snacking’
      • ‘What better way to say ‘welcome’ than to give a gift basket full of decorating magazines, or books, and some organic snacks to nosh on while the boxes are being unpacked?’
      • ‘You know you're not hungry, but you still have that urge to nosh.’
      • ‘When nutrient-rich food is easily accessible, you're likely to actually use what's on hand to create meals, and to nosh on healthier foods too.’
      • ‘It's tempting to nosh while cramming for exams.’
      • ‘These days, hungry or not, many mall-goers can't resist the temptation to nosh while they shop.’

Origin

Early 20th century (denoting a snack bar): Yiddish.

Pronunciation

nosh

/näSH//nɑʃ/