Meanings: “Snack”

May 8, 2012

A snack is what my son Robbie, age 9, wants when he gets home from school. It’s what he is eager to have.  Who knew it was related to “snatch,” or that it metaphorically derives from the snap (quick bite) of a dog?  From etymology.com:

snack (v.) Look up snack at Dictionary.com
c.1300, “to bite or snap” (of a dog), probably from M.Du. snacken “to snatch, chatter” (see snatch). The meaning “have a mere bite or morsel, eat a light meal” is first attested 1807; the noun in this sense is from 1757. Snack bar is attested from 1930.
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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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