verb (used without object), nib·bled, nib·bling.
verb (used with object), nib·bled, nib·bling.
Origin of nibble
Examples from the Web for nibbling
In the Cavour high school in central Rome, mice run through the halls, nibbling on open wiring and nesting in the lockers.
Mealtimes encourage appetite and togetherness, but the hours in between are also ideal for nibbling.
He would sit watching Nanny nibbling with her front teeth the capers of the caper sauce, and he would hate her.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
Many a hunter, temporarily lost in Southern woods, quenches his thirst by nibbling young shoots of the sour-wood.Trees Worth Knowing|Julia Ellen Rogers
The hunter unfastened a horse that was nibbling the young tree shoots in front of the lodge.The Trapper's Daughter|Gustave Aimard
It stopped short, raised its head from the grass it had been daintily nibbling, then resumed its nibbling.A Secret of the Lebombo|Bertram Mitford
The sheep still keep on nibbling as they go, and their progress is slow.Jean Francois Millet|Estelle M. Hurll
verb (when intr, often foll by at)
Word Origin for nibble
1650s, "act of nibbling," from nibble (v.). As "a small bite," from 1838.
"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.