verb (used without object), nib·bled, nib·bling.
verb (used with object), nib·bled, nib·bling.
Origin of nibble
Examples from the Web for nibble
Will he nibble around the edges, or will he actually take on the oil companies?
Would he be able to nibble on foie gras, slurp fettuccine Alfredo, and sample chocolate mousse without putting on weight again?
It would have been true too, because I intended to nibble my malted milk tablets behind a magazine.Beatrice Leigh at College|Julia Augusta Schwartz
Then his reins pulled loose from the bush and he wandered away to nibble at a tempting bit of turf a little distance away.Jean, Our Little Australian Cousin|Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
He stopped, smelled the bee combs, turned over a few cells with his nose and then began to nibble.Old Farm Fairies:|Henry Christopher McCook
This nibble is the nearest approach to a dinner-party that I have had.Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay|George Otto Trevelyan
The rabbits were drawn from the timbered ridges to nibble these first spring dainties.The Yellow Horde|Hal G. Evarts
verb (when intr, often foll by at)
Word Origin for nibble
"to bite gently," c.1500, perhaps from Low German nibbeln "to nibble, gnaw," related to Middle Low German nibbelen, Middle Dutch knibbelen "to gnaw," source of Dutch knibbelen "to cavail, squabble." Related: Nibbled; nibbling.
1650s, "act of nibbling," from nibble (v.). As "a small bite," from 1838.