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nosh

To nosh is to have a snack. You might nosh on a slice of cold pizza and a handful of chocolate chips after school.

Many people like to nosh on popcorn while watching movies, and you could nosh on the cookies you baked for the school bake sale. You can also call a meal a nosh, especially if it's just a snack: "Let's have a nosh before we head back out on the hiking trail." Nosh comes from the Yiddish word -nashn, "nibble," and its earliest use in English, around 1917, was as a shortened form of nosh-house, or "restaurant."

Definitions of nosh
  1. noun
    (Yiddish) a snack or light meal
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    type of:
    bite, collation, snack
    a light informal meal
  2. verb
    eat a snack; eat lightly
    synonyms: snack
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    types:
    browse, graze
    eat lightly, try different dishes
    type of:
    eat
    eat a meal; take a meal
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