nosh

Definitions

  • v. 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      nosch, gnosh

Notes

  • Usually refers to excessive or unhealthy eating

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