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ˈmɔr səlmorsel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. morselnoun

    a small quantity of anything

    "a morsel of paper was all he needed"

  2. morsel, bit, bitenoun

    a small amount of solid food; a mouthful

    "all they had left was a bit of bread"


  1. morselnoun

    A small fragment or share of something, commonly applied to food.

  2. morselnoun

    A very small amount.

  3. Etymology: From morsel, from morsel, from morsellum, diminutive. of morsum, neuter of morsus, past participle of mordere. Compare French morceau.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Morselnoun

    Etymology: morsellus, low Latin, from morsus.

    Yet cam’st thou to a morsel of this feast,
    Having fully din’d before. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I was
    A morsel for a monarch. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    And me his parent would full soon devour
    For want of other prey, but knows that I
    Should prove a bitter morsel, and his bane. John Milton.

    Every morsel to a satisfied hunger, is only a new labour to a tired digestion. Robert South, Sermons.

    He boils the flesh,
    And lays the mangled morsels in a dish. Dryden.

    A wretch is pris’ner made,
    Whose flesh torn off by lumps, the rav’nous foe
    In morsels cut, to make it farther go. Nahum Tate, Juvenal.

    A letter to the keeper of the lion requested that it may be the first morsel put into his mouth. Addison.

    On these herbs, and fruits and flow’rs,
    Feed first; on each beast next, and fish and fowl,
    No homely morsels! John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x.

    A dog crossing a river with a morsel of flesh in his mouth, saw, as he thought, another dog under the water, upon the very same adventure. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    Of the morsels of native and pure gold, he had seen some weighed many pounds. Boyle.


  1. morsel

    A morsel is a small piece or amount of food, or a small quantity of anything. It can also refer to a tempting or delicious piece of food. It generally denotes anything that is small or bite-sized.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Morselnoun

    a little bite or bit of food

  2. Morselnoun

    a small quantity; a little piece; a fragment

  3. Etymology: [OF. morsel, F. morceau, LL. morsellus, a dim. fr. L. morsus a biting, bite, fr. mordere to bite; prob. akin to E. smart. See Smart, and cf. Morceau, Mordant, Muse, v., Muzzle, n.]


  1. Morsel

    Morsel is an indie rock ensemble that was founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan and features Miriam Cabrera, Be Hussey, John Vorus, Jason Burbo, and Joshua Pardon.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Morsel

    mor′sel, n. a bite or mouthful: a small piece of food: a small quantity of anything which is divided.—ns. Mor′sūre, the act of biting; Mor′sus, a bite. [O. Fr. morsel (Fr. morceau, It. morsello), dim. from L. morsusmordēre, morsum, to bite.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of morsel in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of morsel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of morsel in a Sentence

  1. Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, 1973:

    Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back--in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.

  2. Charlotte Bronte:

    Feeling without judgement is a washy draught indeed but judgement untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.


    'some people look, but they don't see, for to see means to have feelings,like the delicate touch, as when your tongue can find a tiny fish bone hidden within the morsel of food in your mouth. No eyes required remember this!

  4. Anthony Trollope:

    I do not think myself to be a worm, and a grub, grass of the field fit only to be burned, a clod, a morsel of putrid atoms that should be thrown to the dungheap, ready for the nethermost pit. Nor if I did should I therefore expect to sit with Angels and Archangels.

  5. Isaac D?Israeli:

    Is a preface exquisitely written? No literary morsel is more delicious. Is the author inveterately dull? It is a kind of preparatory information, which may be very useful. It argues a deficiency of taste to turn over an elaborate preface unread: for it is the attar of the author?s roses, every drop distilled at an immense cost. It is the reason of the reasoning, and the folly of the foolish.

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