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

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) She refilled Moosh's water bowl and checked his supply of kibble. — Anne Tyler … the high costs of shipping products like 40-pound bags of kibble. — Brad Stone
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


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

Definition of kibble (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to grind coarsely kibbled dog biscuit kibbled grain

Examples of kibble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Special for the holidays, the Weekender Wag Bag is packed with travel essentials for your pup, including a four-pound bag of Jinx superfood kibble, pumpkin and apple biscuit treats, a portable water bowl, and a tennis ball. Rachel King, Fortune, 7 Nov. 2020 The food is dry kibble in sacks and moist food in cans and pouches. Steve Rubenstein,, 17 May 2020 Place treats or pieces of your dog’s kibble into some but not all of the baking tray’s cups, and cover all of the cups with the tennis balls. Sassafras Lowrey, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2020 Food containers to keep dry food protected (Photo: Chewy) This airtight storage container prevents your dogs from secret food binges, protects their kibble from bugs, and keeps it fresh longer. Christine Hayes, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2020 While Fifi might like grazing on kibble throughout the day, so do mice. Mary Beth Griggs, Popular Science, 18 Dec. 2019 Cats and dogs depend on their human families to take care of them, but there's more to pet ownership than a daily bowl of kibble. NBC News, 31 Dec. 2018 Beef, fish, fat and some brand of high-quality dog kibble will be in everyone’s supply bags. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Feb. 2020 Meet Lucky, a rockstar pup that loves the camera, and other pets at the Harris County Animal Shelter Muenster's line of dog food is not your average kibble and bits. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, 3 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of kibble


circa 1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kibble


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“Kibble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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