Eating a number of small meals throughout the day; eating a selection of appetizers as your main meal.
graze v.
grazer n.
Example Citations:
"Grazing was the way our body was designed to eat," says nutritionist Antony Haynes. "Large meals burden the digestive system, often causing bloating and lowered energy while the body struggles to digest them."
—Helen Foster, "Good grazing guide," Daily Mail, June 12, 2001
Grazing fare — tacos, taco burgers and taco salads, nachos, chilaquiles (chips mixed with various ingredients), burritos, quesadillas and variations of these — dominate the menu.
—Rochelle Koff, "San Loco is a fun, funky and frugal taco joint," The Miami Herald, June 8, 2001
Earliest Citation:
A new trend in eating habits, grazing bears little resemblance to the old-fashioned three-course meal or three-meals-a-day routine. Grazing means eating when the mood strikes, often in small amounts — poking through freezer, refrigerator, and cupboards and pulling together different foods that may not traditionally go together.
—Phyllis Hanews, "Grazing," Christian Science Monitor, May 30, 1984
Here's the earliest citation for the "selection of appetizers as your main meal" sense of this word:
Customers said they preferred some sociability along with the sea fare, an atmosphere conducive to drinks, appetizers, and finger food to share instead of Red Lobster's massive platters — fried Atlantic seaboard plus a choice of bread, side dish, and potato. Restaurateurs call this talk-and-eat behavior "grazing."
—Bill Saporito, "When business got so good it got dangerous," Fortune, April 2, 1984
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  • grazing — [[t]gre͟ɪzɪŋ[/t]] N UNCOUNT Grazing or grazing land is land on which animals graze. He had nearly a thousand acres of grazing and arable land …   English dictionary

  • Grazing — Graze Graze (gr[=a]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Grazed} (gr[=a]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Grazing}.] [OE. grasen, AS. grasian, fr. gr[ae]s grass. See {Grass}.] 1. To feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc.) with grass; to furnish pasture for. [1913 Webster] A …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grazing — n. pastureland, pasture, field or plot of ground where livestock are grazed greɪz n. instance of rubbing lightly against something; scrape; scratch; act of grazing, act of eating grass v. rub lightly against something; scrape the skin from; feed …   English contemporary dictionary

  • grazing — noun Date: 1517 herbage or land for grazing …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • grazing — noun Grazing is used before these nouns: ↑land, ↑marsh, ↑right …   Collocations dictionary

  • grazing — /gray zing/, n. 1. pastureland; a pasture. 2. Informal. the act or practice of switching television channels frequently to watch several programs. [1400 50; late ME; see GRAZE1, ING1] * * * …   Universalium

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