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 After all, even natural or organic kibbles are considerably more processed than the mostly-meat diets that dogs evolved to eat. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things You Need To Know Before Making Your Own Homemade Dog Food," 8 Aug. 2017 Thomas said the top-sellers so far have been the salmon with rice, the organic kibble and gravy and the peanut butter with bacon. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gourmet dog diner opens on Carlsbad restaurant’s patio," 5 Sep. 2019 At the Minit Shop, a Ridgecrest Boulevard convenience store, the floors were littered with cans of hairspray, diapers, cans of beer and kibbles of pet food. Hailey Branson-potts,, "‘It was the scare of my life’ — when the ground began shaking in Ridgecrest," 4 July 2019 Cat kibble crunched underfoot, and the oven was open, pushing blazing heat into the cramped space. J. Robert Lennon, The New Yorker, "The Loop," 19 Aug. 2019 Hairspray cans, diapers, beer cans and pet food kibbles littered the floor. Alexa Díaz,, "‘Alcohol was just flooding the aisle’: Ridgecrest market has lots to clean after quake," 5 July 2019 That is a lot of upside, but fake meat and fancy kibble are bull market phenomena. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "IPO Buyers Think Big With Addressable Markets," 27 June 2019 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,, "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

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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

History and Etymology for kibble


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The first known use of kibble was circa 1790

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