Synonyms for lunch

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"They needn't eat their lunch that way," declared his sister.

And so she sat quietly eating her lunch, and talking with us.

When Viviette came down for lunch, she found Dick awaiting her in the hall.

Next he went all the way, was asked to go in, and invited to stay to lunch.

Come in the morning if you want, and we'll take a lunch and go for the day.

It would be jolly to have Katy to help her prepare the lunch.

Linda already had held a consultation with Katy on the subject of the lunch basket.

"Well, I'm not sparing you the 'Be—'," said Donald, busy with the fastenings of the lunch basket.

He stroked the cat, poked the fire, had his lunch served to him there.

But thank goodness out of Fayoum dust, and in desert sand for lunch!

WORD ORIGIN

"mid-day repast," 1786, shortened form of luncheon (q.v.). The verb meaning "to take to lunch" (said to be from the noun) also is attested from 1786:

But as late as 1817 the only definition of lunch in Webster's is "a large piece of food." OED says in 1820s the word "was regarded either as a vulgarism, or as a fashionable affectation." Related: Lunched; lunching. Lunch money is attested from 1868; lunch-time (n.) is from 1821; lunch hour is from 1840. Slang phrase out to lunch "insane, stupid, clueless" first recorded 1955, on notion of being "not there." Old English had nonmete "afternoon meal," literally "noon-meat."

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