nibble


1nib·ble

verb \ˈni-bəl\

: to eat slowly or with small bites

: to bite (something) very gently

nib·blednib·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of NIBBLE

transitive verb
1
a :  to bite gently
b :  to eat or chew in small bits
2
:  to take away bit by bit <waves nibbling the shore>
intransitive verb
1
:  to take gentle, small, or cautious bites; also :  snack
2
:  to deal with something as if by nibbling
nib·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of NIBBLE

  1. We nibbled cheese and crackers.
  2. We nibbled on some cheese and crackers before dinner.

Origin of NIBBLE

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1512

Related to NIBBLE

Synonyms
peck, pick

2nibble

noun

: a small bite

: an expression of interest in something

nibbles : small things to eat before a meal or at a party : snacks or appetizers

Full Definition of NIBBLE

1
:  an act of nibbling
2
:  a very small quantity or portion (as of food); also :  snack
3
:  a tentative expression of interest

Examples of NIBBLE

  1. He felt a nibble on his fishing line.
  2. They served some delicious nibbles before dinner.

First Known Use of NIBBLE

1658

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with NIBBLE

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