verb (used without object), nib·bled, nib·bling.
verb (used with object), nib·bled, nib·bling.
Origin of nibble
Synonyms for nibble
Examples from the Web for nibble
Contemporary Examples of nibble
Will he nibble around the edges, or will he actually take on the oil companies?Clinton’s Environmental Failure
December 9, 2012
Would he be able to nibble on foie gras, slurp fettuccine Alfredo, and sample chocolate mousse without putting on weight again?Frank Bruni Revealed
August 18, 2009
Historical Examples of nibble
He had only meant to nibble, and here he was, fairly hooked.
Her relative continued to nibble nervously at a bit of toast.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
But we have lost our hats, Nibble, and they were our best ones.Five Mice in a Mouse-trap
Laura E. Richards
Granted that Arlt, whoever he is, gets second nibble, who comes in ahead?The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
On two different occasions, feeling a nibble on his line, he jerked, all to no avail.Tales of Fishes
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.