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nibble

verb nib·ble \ ˈni-bəl \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

Definition of nibble

nibbled; nibbling play \ˈni-b(ə-)liŋ\
1 a : to bite gently
b : to eat or chew in small bits
2 : to take away bit by bit
  • waves nibbling the shore
1 : to take gentle, small, or cautious bites; also : snack
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.

Recent Examples of nibble from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of nibble

origin unknown

nibble Synonyms


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nibble

noun

Definition of nibble

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

Recent Examples of nibble from the Web

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First Known Use of nibble

circa 1525

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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NIBBLE Defined for English Language Learners

nibble

Definition of nibble for English Language Learners

  • : to eat slowly or with small bites

  • : to bite (something) very gently


nibble

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

verb nib·ble \ ˈni-bəl \

Definition of nibble for Students

nibbled; nibbling
: to bite or chew gently or bit by bit

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nibble

noun

Definition of nibble for Students

: a very small amount


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