Definition of snack in English:



  • 1A small amount of food eaten between meals.

    • ‘Some fast food snacks result in you feeling hungry very soon after eating.’
    • ‘Following a short EFT treatment, his desire for snacks, chocolates and fast food disappeared and allowed him to maintain a healthy diet without effort.’
    • ‘Three square meals, with healthy snacks such as fresh fruit and nuts in between will help to dispel Fay's sweet cravings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Between pita meals, three snacks of fruit, yogurt, nuts or even frozen yogurt are allowed.’
    • ‘The stiff competition included every maker of sweet indulgent snacks from cookies to candies to ice cream.’
    • ‘By and large, high-salt foods such as salted meat and sausage products, salted snacks, crisps, salted nuts etc. should be avoided.’
    • ‘The sleep-deprived people overwhelmingly asked for candy, starchy foods, and salty snacks such as potato chips.’
    • ‘This is why it is added to foods such as bacon, smoked fish, canned vegetables, margarine, bread and savoury snacks.’
    • ‘Hong Kongers adore street food and snacks, but local fast fare might not love us, dieticians say.’
    • ‘During the week there was a poster contest, a healthy food cook-off, and deliciously healthy snacks in the school tuck shop.’
    • ‘She may find that her occasional chocolate binges wane if she eats regular meals with healthy snacks in between.’
    • ‘Healthful snacks like nuts, fruit or part-skim mozzarella string cheese can also keep energy up in the late morning or afternoon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Steinhauser agrees that pudding is typically viewed as a dessert, while yogurt is deemed a healthy snack or even a meal replacement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've got a small amount of raisins as snacks, along with MORE apples.’
    • ‘Recently, a food manufacturer set its innovations department a challenge to create a healthy snack with reduced salt, reduced fat and reduced sugar levels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bag lunch itself is nutritious, sufficient, if not very inspiring: a sandwich, some juice, a dessert snack or piece of fruit.’
    1. 1.1A light meal that is eaten in a hurry or in a casual manner.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is a choice between the Music Room bar, which serves lunches and snacks, or the more formal Garden Room restaurant.’
      • ‘For those who want to make a day of it, a rather attractive tea room provides full meals or light snacks.’
      • ‘Bar snacks are served and there's a restaurant, live music on Fridays and DJs over the weekend.’
      • ‘The pub will also be able to provide refreshments, such as light snacks, until bar staff stop selling alcohol.’
      • ‘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 menu had a fair range of options from light snacks to full meals.’
      • ‘Coffee, tea and homemade light snacks will be served.’
      • ‘They don't usually serve bar snacks until lunch time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many of the guesthouses also provide dinner, and there's a reasonable selection of pubs serving snacks and bar meals.’
      • ‘You can get lighter meals and snacks, as well as afternoon tea, in either the lounge or bar.’
      • ‘Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served, and reservations are not needed.’
      • ‘The airy Winter Garden coffee-shop offers snacks and light meals, and is the ideal rendezvous for planning the day ahead.’
      • ‘Described as a traditional tearoom serving light lunches and snacks, morning coffee and afternoon teas, it is open daily, except Sunday, until 5pm.’
      • ‘The restaurant opens at 8am every day for breakfast and also serves lunch, dinner and bar snacks for late night diners.’
      • ‘Light snacks will be served and a mineral bar only will be available.’
      • ‘The selection covers everything from protein and vegetable meals to snacks, desserts, fruit and vegetables.’
      light meal, something to eat, sandwich, supper, treat, refreshments, nibbles, canapés
      bite, bite to eat, a little something
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  • Eat a snack.

    ‘she likes to snack on yogurt’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Conventional dietetic advice is usually to avoid snacking between meals, on the basis that this just adds to the calorie count for the day.’
    • ‘You can start the day with a stewed apple, and if you feel hungry in between meals, try snacking on a juicy pear.’
    • ‘A survey of more than 2,000 people found that nine out of 10 admitted to snacking between meals.’
    • ‘He often eats on the move, snacking on chicken and olive oil mixed with honey (a favourite) and salted almonds.’
    • ‘Nine in 10 people questioned in the survey said they snacked between meals.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Mike had some leftover salmon, pasta, and potatoes so we snacked there, and then played some music.’
    • ‘Protein meals also stabilise blood sugar, plus you will be able to go longer between meals without snacking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As darkness continued to fall the climber was advised to stay put, where she snacked on cheese and crackers to keep her energy up.’
    • ‘Workers across North Yorkshire are being urged to stop snacking and make time for a proper breakfast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Quite some time back I was snacking and found the perfect rice cracker.’
    • ‘I seem to be eating about 2 meals a day, if that, but I also seem to be snacking more than usual.’
    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.