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From Middle English monchen, a variant of mocchen, mucchen ("to munch (food); chew audibly"; > Modern English dialectal mouch), probably imitative in origin (compare crunch). Compare also Old French mangier, mengier (to bite; eat), of similar sound and meaning.



munch (third-person singular simple present munches, present participle munching, simple past and past participle munched)

  1. To chew with a grinding, crunching sound, and with the mouth closed — often used with on.
    Jim was munching on a biscotti.
  2. To eat vigorously or with excitement.
    • 2013 August 3, “Revenge of the nerds”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
      Think of banking today and the image is of grey-suited men in towering skyscrapers. Its future, however, is being shaped in converted warehouses and funky offices in San Francisco, New York and London, where bright young things in jeans and T-shirts huddle around laptops, sipping lattes or munching on free food.
    Watching old Bill munch his pancakes makes me hungry!



munch (plural munches)

  1. A location or restaurant where good eating can be expected.
    • Sally is having a breakfast munch at her place!
  2. (colloquial) An act of eating.
    We had a good munch at the chippy.
  3. (uncountable, slang) food.
  4. (BDSM) A casual meeting for those interested in BDSM, usually at a restaurant. See Munch (BDSM).
    • 1996, "peh^ - the prat with the hat", What is a "Munch"? (on newsgroup
      And thanks to the stunning paxie for getting it all together and creating the best munch ever in the history of munches. :)
    • 2000, "Anton", BDSM parties and munches (on newsgroup alt.sadistic)
      does anyone know any BDSM parties and munches, in greece???

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From Middle High German manec, from Old High German manag. Cognate with German manch, Dutch menig, English many.




  1. many


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