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nibble

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verb nib·ble \ˈni-bəl\

Definition of nibble

nibbled

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nibbling

play \ˈni-b(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to bite gentlyb :  to eat or chew in small bits

  3. 2 :  to take away bit by bit waves nibbling the shore

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to take gentle, small, or cautious bites; also :  snack

  6. 2 :  to deal with something as if by nibbling

nibbler

play \ˈni-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of nibble in a Sentence

  1. We nibbled cheese and crackers.

  2. We nibbled on some cheese and crackers before dinner.

Origin and Etymology of nibble

origin unknown


First Known Use: 15th century


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nibble

noun nib·ble

Definition of nibble

  1. 1 :  an act of nibbling

  2. 2 :  a very small quantity or portion (as of food); also :  snack

  3. 3 :  a tentative expression of interest

Examples of nibble in a Sentence

  1. He felt a nibble on his fishing line.

  2. They served some delicious nibbles before dinner.

Circa 1525

First Known Use of nibble

circa 1525



NIBBLE Defined for English Language Learners

nibble

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verb

Definition of nibble for English Language Learners

  • : to eat slowly or with small bites

  • : to bite (something) very gently

nibble

noun

Definition of nibble for English Language Learners

  • : a small bite

  • : an expression of interest in something

  • nibbles : small things to eat before a meal or at a party : snacks or appetizers


NIBBLE Defined for Kids

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nibble

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verb nib·ble \ˈni-bəl\

Definition of nibble for Students

nibbled

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nibbling

  1. :  to bite or chew gently or bit by bit


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nibble

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noun nib·ble

Definition of nibble for Students

  1. :  a very small amount



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