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 nibbling
Contemporary Examples of nibbling
In the Cavour high school in central Rome, mice run through the halls, nibbling on open wiring and nesting in the lockers.In Italy, Angry Students Occupy Schools
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 22, 2012
Mealtimes encourage appetite and togetherness, but the hours in between are also ideal for nibbling.Snack Mixes That Won't Bite Back
December 29, 2009
Historical Examples of nibbling
At last the Rougons were nibbling at the pleasures of the wealthy!The Fortune of the Rougons
All night long they travel, nibbling at their hard corn-bread.
This nibbling policy is all very well, but it doesn't suit cavalry.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
Nibbling pensively at her cinnamon toast, Palla pondered this.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
"I must make this division equal," and he kept on nibbling at the cheese.Golden Moments
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.