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 pluralThe 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The food is dry kibble in sacks and moist food in cans and pouches. Steve Rubenstein,, "On the bright side: Selling masks on the sidewalks of San Francisco," 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, "Helping Your Dog Survive During a Quarantine," 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, "15 things every dog owner needs from Chewy," 13 Apr. 2020 While Fifi might like grazing on kibble throughout the day, so do mice. Mary Beth Griggs, Popular Science, "How to get rid of mice," 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, "Dog or cat sleep on your bed? You probably want to wash your sheets more often.," 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, "With drop bags heading to Iditarod checkpoints, it’s officially time for mushers to get a little edgy," 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, "Texas man eats dog food for 30 days to show his company's chow is fit for Fido," 3 Feb. 2020 As the wind would swing the decoy back and forth over the food, the (live) crow would simply dodge being hit and continue to enjoy the kibbles. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Do Bay Area squirrels with mange need help?," 18 Sep. 2019

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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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“Kibble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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