from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To bite at gently and repeatedly.
- transitive v. To eat with small, quick bites or in small morsels: nibble a cracker.
- transitive v. To wear away or diminish bit by bit: "If you start compromising too early . . . they nibble you to death” ( People).
- intransitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, quick bite taken with the front teeth.
- n. Small snacks such as crisps/potato chips or nuts, often eaten to accompany drinks.
- v. To eat with small, quick bites.
- v. To bite lightly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To bite by little at a time; to seize gently with the mouth; to eat slowly or in small bits.
- transitive 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. bite off very small pieces
- n. a small byte
- v. bite gently
- v. eat intermittently; take small bites of
- n. gentle biting
Middle English nebyllen; akin to Low German nibbelen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps from Middle Low German nibbelen ("to gnaw"). (Wiktionary)