- Archaic a share or part
- a small quantity of food; light meal or refreshment taken between regular meals
- [pl.] foods commonly eaten between regular meals, specif. such prepared foods as pretzels, popcorn, chips, dips, etc.also snack food
Origin of snackMiddle English snake, a bite from snaken, to bite, snap, probably from Middle Dutch snacken, to snap
- A hurried or light meal.
- Food eaten between meals.
intransitive verbsnacked, snack·ing, snacks
- To eat a hurried or light meal: She had meetings all day but managed to snack in lieu of lunch.
- To eat food between meals: She snacked during the baseball game.
Origin of snackMiddle English snak variant of snacche trap, bite from snacchen to snap ; see snatch.
(third-person singular simple present snacks, present participle snacking, simple past and past participle snacked)
See snatch (transitive verb).