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 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 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

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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 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

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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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