\ \ [15] Snack originally meant ‘bite’ (‘The … Tuscan hound … with his wide chafts [jaws] at him makes a snack’, Gavin Douglas, Æneid 1513). It was not used for a ‘quick meal’ (as in ‘have a bite to eat’) until the 18th century. It was borrowed from Middle Dutch snac or snackbite’, which was closely related to snappenseize’, source of English snap [15]. From snappen was derived the noun snapsgulp, mouthful’, which was borrowed by German as schnappsgin-like drink’, source of English schnapps [19]. And English snatch [13] is probably closely related to snack.

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