morsel

A morsel is a small amount of something, a tid-bit, a sliver, usually of something of high-quality and much desired — like a morsel of dark chocolate or a morsel of secret information.

Originally it referred specifically to food — a nineteenth century lady might partake of a "dainty morsel" to eat, for example. More often than not morsel now refers to non-food items: a morsel of good taste; a morsel of common sense, and, of course, most popular of all, a morsel of gossip. That's why, like all good food, all good gossip is juicy.

Definitions of morsel
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n a small amount of solid food; a mouthful

Synonyms:
bit, bite
Types:
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chaw, chew, cud, plug, quid, wad
a wad of something chewable as tobacco
crumb
small piece of e.g. bread or cake
sop, sops
piece of solid food for dipping in a liquid
breadcrumb
crumb of bread; used especially for coating or thickening
cracker crumbs
crumbs of crackers used especially for coating or thickening
Type of:
mouthful, taste
a small amount eaten or drunk

n a small quantity of anything

“a morsel of paper was all he needed”
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

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