A snack is a small serving of food between meals. Enjoy a healthy snack such as apples with peanut butter, or indulge in a bag of chips. After a huge breakfast, you might just want a light snack instead of lunch.

You can use snack as a verb too: "After school, I like to snack on fruit and cookies and listen to music." Snack originally meant "snap or bite" in Middle English, usually in the context of a dog's bite. The noun was also used in the 17th century to mean "a portion or share," which led to the now-obsolete phrase "go snacks," meaning "share with someone."

Definitions of snack

n a light informal meal

bite, collation
snacks and drinks served as a light meal
(Yiddish) a snack or light meal
coffee break, tea break
a snack taken during a break in the work day
Type of:
meal, repast
the food served and eaten at one time

v eat a snack; eat lightly

“She never loses weight because she snacks between meals”
browse, graze
eat lightly, try different dishes
Type of:
eat a meal; take a meal

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