Definition of snack noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//snæk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snæk//
    Types of meal
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  1. 1(informal) a small meal or amount of food, usually eaten in a hurry a mid-morning snack I only have time for a snack at lunchtime. Do you serve bar snacks? a snack lunch I usually have a light lunch and then snack on fruit and nuts during the afternoon. If you snack between meals, try to avoid sugary foods like chocolate. See related entries: Types of meal
  2. 2(Australian English, informal) a thing that is easy to do It'll be a snack.
  3. Word OriginMiddle 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 cent.
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