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kib·​ble ˈki-bəl How to pronounce kibble (audio)
plural kibbles
: 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
: 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. Houpt
Americans' pets are undoubtedly the best-fed animals in the world, but it costs their owners a lot to keep them in kibbles.Jake Chapline


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

transitive verb

: to grind coarsely
kibbled dog biscuit
kibbled grain

Examples of kibble in a Sentence

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My dad would put a fresh liner in it and pour the kibble in. Sandra Barrera, Orange County Register, 16 May 2024 If your cat likes the sets of bowls that sit in a stand together, great, but some like their water to be separate from their dry kibble. Medea Giordano, WIRED, 11 Apr. 2024 The large canister and angled nozzle on this hand vacuum pick up everything, including crumbs between cushions and dog kibble. Ella Field, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Mar. 2024 Our tester liked the width of the bowl which caught any stray kibble while their dog was eating. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 22 Jan. 2024 The dry kibble format promotes dental health and offers convenience for pet owners. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Aug. 2023 The width of the bowl keeps stray kibble from going everywhere. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 22 Jan. 2024 The officer, who asked to remain anonymous, put the kibble thief away and picked up the aftermath the fugitive left behind, earning him the nickname Mr. Clean. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2024 The dessert course was replaced with an otter kibble pie, finished with a sardine lattice, the aquarium added. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 11 Feb. 2024

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


circa 1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kibble was circa 1790

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“Kibble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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