American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To bite at gently and repeatedly.
- v. To eat with small, quick bites or in small morsels: nibble a cracker.
- v. To wear away or diminish bit by bit: "If you start compromising too early . . . they nibble you to death” ( People).
- v. To take small or hesitant bites: fish nibbling at the bait.
- n. A very small quantity, especially of food; a morsel.
- n. The act or an instance of nibbling.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To eat by biting or gnawing off small bits; gnaw.
- To bite very slightly or gently; bite off small pieces of.
- To catch; nab.
- To bite gently; bite off small pieces: as, fishes nibble at the bait.
- Figuratively, to carp; make a petty attack: with at.
- To fidget the fingers about.
- n. The act of nibbling; a little bite; also, a small morsel or bit.
- n. A small, quick bite taken with the front teeth.
- n. in the plural, nibbles Small snacks such as crisps/potato chips or nuts, often eaten to accompany drinks.
- v. transitive To eat with small, quick bites.
- v. transitive To bite lightly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To bite by little at a time; to seize gently with the mouth; to eat slowly or in small bits.
- v. To bite upon something gently or cautiously; to eat a little of a thing, as by taking small bits cautiously.
- n. A small or cautious bite.
- n. An expression of interest, often tentative, as at the beginning of a sale or negotiation process.
- v. bite off very small pieces
- n. a small byte
- v. bite gently
- v. eat intermittently; take small bites of
- n. gentle biting
- Perhaps from Middle Low German nibbelen ("to gnaw"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English nebyllen; akin to Low German nibbelen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Of course, despite that he is after all * nibble nibble* a member of SG5, which means that we * ssslurp* try to include him in some of our class activities.”
“No single nibble is that dramatic or burdensome, but over the decades they threaten to convert any stable democracy into a big, inefficient, favor-ridden state.”
“This morning, for example, it was a quick flit through the studios of SKY News and a quick nibble from the toothless gums of our Eamonn.”
“Not a nibble from the Administration, which instead chose to embarrass the residents with the misbegotten site for going on eight months.”
“That's just a nibble from a post full of meat (the historical context alone is well worth your mouse click.)”
“I had a nibble from a Spanish institution a few years back.”
“The ladies, to do them justice, are never at all suspicious about men -- on the 'nibble' -- always taking it for granted, they are 'all they could wish,' and they know each other so well, that any cautionary hint acts rather in a man's favour than otherwise.”
“Four months without a nibble, which is a personal record!”
“It had been half full of the sort of tidbits he privately called nibble'ments-salted nuts, wafers, things like that-when he and Leslie Coombes had gone through the room on their way down for dinner.”
“UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He sticks the licorice through and he and Casey kind of nibble it until they get to the end?”
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