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nib·ble

 (nĭb′əl)
v. nib·bled, nib·bling, nib·bles
v.tr.
1. To bite at gently and repeatedly.
2. To eat with small, quick bites or in small morsels: nibble a cracker.
3. To wear away or diminish bit by bit: "If you start compromising too early ... they nibble you to death" (People).
v.intr.
To take small or hesitant bites: fish nibbling at the bait.
n.
1. A very small quantity, especially of food; a morsel.
2. The act or an instance of nibbling.

[Middle English nebyllen; akin to Low German nibbelen.]

nib′bler n.

nibble

(ˈnɪbəl)
vb
1. (esp of animals, such as mice) to take small repeated bites (of)
2. to take dainty or tentative bites: to nibble at a cake.
3. to bite (at) gently or caressingly
4. (intr) to make petty criticisms
5. (intr) to consider tentatively or cautiously: to nibble at an idea.
n
6. a small mouthful
7. an instance or the act of nibbling
8. (Cookery) (plural) informal small items of food, esp savouries, usually served with drinks
[C15: related to Low German nibbelen. Compare nib, neb]

nib•ble

(ˈnɪb əl)

v. -bled, -bling,
n. v.i.
1. to bite off small bits: to nibble on a cracker.
2. to eat or chew in small bites.
3. to bite lightly or gently.
v.t.
4. to bite off or take small bits of (something).
5. to eat by biting off small pieces.
6. to bite gently.
7. nibble (away) at, to cause to decrease or diminish bit by bit.
n.
8. a small piece bitten off; morsel or bite.
9. an act or instance of nibbling.
10. a response by a fish to bait on a fishing line.
11. a tentative but positive response or reaction.
[1425–75; late Middle English nebillen to peck away at, nibble, try, perhaps < Middle Low German nibbelen to pick with the beak]
nib′bler,

n.

nibble


Past participle: nibbled
Gerund: nibbling

Imperative
nibble
nibble
Present
I nibble
you nibble
he/she/it nibbles
we nibble
you nibble
they nibble
Preterite
I nibbled
you nibbled
he/she/it nibbled
we nibbled
you nibbled
they nibbled
Present Continuous
I am nibbling
you are nibbling
he/she/it is nibbling
we are nibbling
you are nibbling
they are nibbling
Present Perfect
I have nibbled
you have nibbled
he/she/it has nibbled
we have nibbled
you have nibbled
they have nibbled
Past Continuous
I was nibbling
you were nibbling
he/she/it was nibbling
we were nibbling
you were nibbling
they were nibbling
Past Perfect
I had nibbled
you had nibbled
he/she/it had nibbled
we had nibbled
you had nibbled
they had nibbled
Future
I will nibble
you will nibble
he/she/it will nibble
we will nibble
you will nibble
they will nibble
Future Perfect
I will have nibbled
you will have nibbled
he/she/it will have nibbled
we will have nibbled
you will have nibbled
they will have nibbled
Future Continuous
I will be nibbling
you will be nibbling
he/she/it will be nibbling
we will be nibbling
you will be nibbling
they will be nibbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been nibbling
you have been nibbling
he/she/it has been nibbling
we have been nibbling
you have been nibbling
they have been nibbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been nibbling
you will have been nibbling
he/she/it will have been nibbling
we will have been nibbling
you will have been nibbling
they will have been nibbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been nibbling
you had been nibbling
he/she/it had been nibbling
we had been nibbling
you had been nibbling
they had been nibbling
Conditional
I would nibble
you would nibble
he/she/it would nibble
we would nibble
you would nibble
they would nibble
Past Conditional
I would have nibbled
you would have nibbled
he/she/it would have nibbled
we would have nibbled
you would have nibbled
they would have nibbled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nibble - a small bytenibble - a small byte        
computer memory unit - a unit for measuring computer memory
byte - a sequence of 8 bits (enough to represent one character of alphanumeric data) processed as a single unit of information
2.nibble - gentle biting
chomp, bite - the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
Verb1.nibble - bite off very small pieces; "She nibbled on her cracker"
bite, seize with teeth - to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws; "Gunny invariably tried to bite her"
2.nibble - bite gently; "The woman tenderly nibbled at her baby's ear"
bite, seize with teeth - to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws; "Gunny invariably tried to bite her"
3.nibble - eat intermittently; take small bites of; "He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"
eat - take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?"

nibble

verb
1. bite, eat, peck, pick at, nip, munch, gnaw He started to nibble his biscuit.
noun
1. snack, bite, taste, peck, crumb, morsel, titbit, soupçon (French) We each took a nibble of cheese.
Translations
قَضْمَه صَغيرَهيَقْضُمُ بِرِفْقٍ
kousekokusovat
lille bid
naksunäykkäisynäykkiä
falatmajszol
nart, smábitinarta
knebinėtikramsnotilengva užkanda
kumosiņšskrubināt, knibināt
obhrýzať
grižljajgrizljati
azar azar ısırıp yemekdişlemeklokma

nibble

[ˈnɪbl]
A. N
1. (= little bite) → mordisquito m
I never had a nibble all day (Fishing) → el corcho no se movió en todo el día
2. (= food) → bocado m
I feel like a nibbleme apetece comer algo, no me vendría mal un bocado
3. nibbles (at party etc) → comida fsing para picar
B. VT [person] → mordisquear, mordiscar; [fish] → picar; [rat, mouse] → roer; [horse] → rozar
C. VI to nibble (at) [+ food] → picar
to nibble at an offermostrar cierto interés por una oferta

nibble

[ˈnɪbəl] vt [+ food] → grignoter; [+ ear, finger] → mordiller
She nibbled my ear lobe playfully → Taquine, elle me mordillait le lobe de l'oreille.
to nibble at sth (= eat) → grignoter qch
Mice have been nibbling at the skirting boards → Les souris ont grignoté les plinthes.
She nibbled at her food → Elle se contentait de grignoter.

nibble

vtknabbern; (= pick at) foodnur anessen, herumnagen an (+dat) (inf)
vi (→ an +dat) → knabbern; (= pick at)herumnagen; (fig)sich interessiert zeigen; to nibble at the bait (fig)sich interessiert zeigen
n I think I’ve got a nibbleich glaube, bei mir beißt einer an; I feel like a nibble (inf)ich habe Appetit auf etwas, ich brauche etwas zwischen die Zähne (hum inf); nibbles (Brit: = snacks) → Knabbereien pl

nibble

[ˈnɪbl]
1. vt (also nibble at)
a. (subj, mouse) → rosicchiare; (fish) → mordicchiare; (person, biscuit, nuts) → sgranocchiare; (bread, cheese) → sbocconcellare
b. (fig) (offer) → mostrarsi tentato/a da
2. vi (person) → mangiucchiare

nibble

(ˈnibl) verb
to take very small bites (of). She was nibbling (at) a biscuit.
noun
a small bite. Have a nibble of this cake.
References in classic literature ?
The grass had been nibbled short and even, so this stretch was not shaggy and red like the surrounding country, but grey and velvety.
Some heads were bowed upon folded arms, some lay back with open mouths that issued unconscious music; the flies buzzed and bit, unmolested, the rats swarmed softly out from a hundred holes, and pattered about, and made themselves at home everywhere; and one of them sat up like a squirrel on the king's head and held a bit of cheese in its hands and nibbled it, and dribbled the crumbs in the king's face with naive and impudent irreverence.
she said to herself, and nibbled a little of the right-hand bit to try the effect: the next moment she felt a violent blow underneath her chin: it had struck her foot!
They assembled in the water round the green stalk which supported the leaf on which she was sitting, and nibbled the stem in two.
She nibbled a hole in the bottom corner of the sack.
It was like the perfect rind of a great cheese, in which a mouse had dwelt and nibbled till it was a cheese no more.
Wherever the grass was greenest, there she nibbled a mouthful or two.
They fed the stone lamp between their knees, and nibbled at the half-warm seal-meat, and watched the black soot gather on the roof for seventy-two long hours.
Hansel reached up above, and broke off a little of the roof to try how it tasted, and Gretel leant against the window and nibbled at the panes.
Ethan sat speechless, not pretending to eat, but Mattie nibbled valiantly at her food and asked Zeena one or two questions about her visit to Bettsbridge.
She rubbed his cheek affectionately with her furry little face and presently nibbled at his ear.
The servant brought back his tumbler turned upside down,* with an unfinished bit of nibbled sugar, and asked if anything more would be wanted.