Did you possibly mean nibbling?
- Coined by linguist Samuel E. Martin in 1951 from nephew/niece by analogy with sibling. (Wiktionary)
“A friend has a hypernym for niece-or-nephew: "nibling".”
“Now, because it is needlesse to proceede any further, then what hath beene already spoken: let mee onely tell you (over and beside) and commit it to memorie, that the nature of meetings and speeches are such, as they ought to nippe or touch the hearer, like unto the Sheepes nibling on the tender grasse, and not as the sullen Dogge byteth.”
“Although not hungry in the usual sense of the word, I had begun to grow rather empty, and was nibling out of a box of Chocolates when Sis came.”
“Rabbit behavior My 12 week old lop ear house rabbit has a thing about nibling my son and she hurts him. how can i stop her from doing it coz he is now starting to get scared of her. i tell him its a sign of affection and i dont want him scared of her please help”
“1720: Thy Turphie-Mountaines, where liue nibling Sheepe,”
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