kibble

noun
kib·​ble | \ ˈki-bəl How to pronounce kibble (audio) \

Definition of kibble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : coarsely ground meal or grain typically used as animal feed) especially : small, dry pellets of processed food for pets (such as dogs and cats) If you have a duck pond in your local park, take a bag of bread or dog kibble and let your youngster feed the grateful ducks. — Suzanne Down
2 : a pellet of kibble usually plural The treats should be tiny so that she does not get full. Cat food kibbles make a good treat because they are tiny and usually palatable to dogs.— Katherine A. HouptAmericans' pets are undoubtedly the best-fed animals in the world, but it costs their owners a lot to keep them in kibbles.— Jake Chapline

kibble

verb
kibbled; kibbling\ ˈki-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce kibbling (audio) \

Definition of kibble (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to grind coarsely kibbled dog biscuit kibbled grain

Examples of kibble in a Sentence

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Bradley Poynter, who oversees the zoo's conservation team and the work done by the ferret center, gently taps one of the cages and tosses some kibble into it, hoping to coax one of the ferrets out of its slumber. Andrew Nicla, AZCentral.com, "Late hours, no pay, diminishing returns: Scouring the Arizona desert for black-footed ferrets," 10 July 2019 The large pet water dispenser has a 2½-gallon capacity while the feeder can hold 12 pounds of kibble. Nicole Forsyth, The Mercury News, "Dollars and Pets: Automatic food dishes go high tech," 27 June 2019 One of them took up multiple floors, smelled strongly of pizza, and had dog leashes and kibble near the front door. Alana Semuels, The Atlantic, "I Delivered Packages for Amazon and It Was a Nightmare," 25 June 2018 Linton and her husband, producer and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, own Chihuahua De Beers, who developed inflammatory bowel disease while on kibble. Lesley Mckenzie, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside the Raw vs. Cooked Dog Food Debate: Hollywood's Top Vets Weigh In," 18 June 2018 Her food and water bowls have been put away, with her kibble and toys given to other canines in our family. Lauren Palmer, Curbed, "When a dog is not just part of the family, but part of the house," 15 June 2018 Clearly not in the mood for a game of tag, the fawn playfully jumps back and forth, wagging its tail like a pup waiting on kibble. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "Toddler Waddles Toward Baby Deer, What Happens Next is Absolutely Precious," 21 Aug. 2015 The company’s food is more expensive than off-the-shelf kibble, but cheaper than buying many raw brands, Buckley said. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What is Fido eating? Petco will show you with in-store kitchens," 17 May 2018 Far more telling is that a scientific analysis of processed and cooked kibble also showed that a bunch of it had listeria and salmonella in it. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "So You Want to Get Your Dog on a Raw-Foot Diet," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of kibble

Noun

circa 1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kibble

Verb

origin unknown

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