nibble

[ nib-uhl ]
/ ˈnɪb əl /

verb (used without object), nib·bled, nib·bling.

verb (used with object), nib·bled, nib·bling.

noun

Idioms

    nibble away at, to cause to decrease or diminish bit by bit: Inflation was nibbling away at her savings. The rains nibbled at the loam.Also nibble at.

Origin of nibble

1425–75; late Middle English nebillen to peck away at, nibble, try, perhaps < Middle Low German nibbelen to pick with the beak; cf. nib, -le

Related forms

un·nib·bled, adjective
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nibble

/ (ˈnɪbəl) /

verb (when intr, often foll by at)

noun

Word Origin for nibble

C15: related to Low German nibbelen. Compare nib, neb
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