nosh

Definitions

  • to snack or eat; a snack

Example Sentences

  • "While waiting for the class to start, Bill noshed on some chips."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

נאַשן nashn 'nibble (on); eat (sweets)' (verbal stem is נאַש nash)

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

Usually refers to excessive or unhealthy eating

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