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Definition of "nibble" []

  • To bite at gently and repeatedly. (verb-transitive)
  • To eat with small, quick bites or in small morsels: nibble a cracker. (verb-transitive)
  • To wear away or diminish bit by bit: "If you start compromising too early . . . they nibble you to death” ( People). (verb-transitive)
  • To take small or hesitant bites: fish nibbling at the bait. (verb-intransitive)
  • A very small quantity, especially of food; a morsel. (noun)
  • (esp of animals, such as mice) to take small repeated bites (of) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To take dainty or tentative bites (verb)
  • To bite (at) gently or caressingly (verb)
  • To make petty criticisms (verb)
  • To consider tentatively or cautiously (verb)
  • A small mouthful (noun)
  • An instance or the act of nibbling (noun)
  • Small items of food, esp savouries, usually served with drinks (noun)

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Use "nibble" in a sentence
  • "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."