kib·​ble | \ˈki-bəl \

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


kibbled; kibbling\ˈki-​b(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of kibble (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to grind coarsely kibbled dog biscuit kibbled grain

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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,, "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 The problem typically comes from low-quality kibble, which often skimps on meat in favor of ingredients like corn, wheat, soy, tapioca, or potatoes. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things Your Dog's Poop Can Tell You About Its Health," 13 Apr. 2017 On the other side of a folding table, Amanda Casarez shoves a plastic cup into a bag of kibble. Keith Plocek, Los Angeles Magazine, "How Homeless People’s Animal Companions Get the Care They Need," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of kibble


circa 1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1790, in the meaning defined above

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