Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A snack or light meal.
  • intransitive v. To eat a snack or light meal: noshed on a bagel between classes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Food; a light meal or snack.
  • n. Fellatio.
  • v. To eat a snack or light meal.
  • v. To perform fellatio (on); to blow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Yiddish) a snack or light meal
  • v. eat a snack; eat lightly

Etymologies

Yiddish nash, from nashn, to eat sweets, nibble on, from Middle High German naschen, to nibble, from Old High German hnascōn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish נאַשן (nashn), from Middle High German naschen ("nibble") (which is also the parent of German naschen). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When Son was young, when he wanted to nurse he would ask to "nosh"--and it caught on because in addition to sounding like nurse, it is a Yiddish word for snack.

    Tubac

  • Dumbest, deafest, shittest of all, you have removed the unstressed 'a' so that the stress that should have fallen on "nosh" is lost, and my piece ends on an unstressed syllable.

    "I do not enjoy the suggestion that you have a better ear or eye for how I want my words to read than I do."

  • Over at Becks & Posh cockney for "nosh" there's a great photo spread of the The Halloween Mission Taco Crawl 2004 which reminds me of everything I love about being a touch crazy about food.

    Taco's galore

  • Mosaic, which Corman describes as an eclectic group of Jewish outdoors lovers, will gather Sunday afternoon for their tashlich ceremony with a "nosh" at a nearby restaurant afterward.

    Statesman - AP Sports

  • Late at night, stopping at a drive-through for some kind of nosh, I'd always offer my protector of bite.

    A Stitch in Time...

  • ($7 to sample seven wines), "nosh" plates, a bed-and-breakfast and more.

    DailyHerald.com > News

  • 26 Miler - A chronicle of Ben's attempt to complete the Marathon Becks & Posh - … modern cokney for 'nosh' by Sam and Fred Budding Cook - Just married and trying my hands at cooking Cha Xiu Bao - What's the biggest problem in this world?

    BC Bloggers

  • Now the combination of hard times and pioneering cooks is bringing a return to the table of delicacies like tongue, sweetbreads, liver and kidneys, and a rediscovery of the delights of slow food and sustainable nosh.

    In praise of … offal

  • How about we have a coffee, a little nosh and see if we can work something out?

    Think Progress » Virginia Gov. McDonnell proclaims April ‘Confederate History Month.’

  • Anyone partial to producing – and consuming – their grub in ethical, unhurried fashion will savour this celebration of non-speedy nosh.

    This week's new events

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