1. A hurried or light meal.
2. Food eaten between meals.
intr.v. snacked, snack·ing, snacksPhrasal Verb:
1. To eat a hurried or light meal: She had meetings all day but managed to snack in lieu of lunch.
2. To eat food between meals: She snacked during the baseball game.
To eat (food) between meals: snacked on pretzels.
[Middle English snak, variant of snacche, trap, bite, from snacchen, to snap; see SNATCH.]
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