Definitions for Nibbleˈnɪb əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nib•bleˈnɪb əl(v.; n.)-bled, -bling

  1. (v.i.)to bite off small bits:

    to nibble on a cracker.

  2. to eat or chew in small bites.

  3. to bite lightly or gently.

  4. (v.t.)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.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  8. (n.)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.

Origin of nibble:

1425–75; late ME nebillen to peck away at, nibble, try, perh. < MLG nibbelen to pick with the beak


Princeton's WordNet

  1. nybble, nibble(noun)

    a small byte

  2. nibble(verb)

    gentle biting

  3. nibble(verb)

    bite off very small pieces

    "She nibbled on her cracker"

  4. nibble(verb)

    bite gently

    "The woman tenderly nibbled at her baby's ear"

  5. nibble, pick, piece(verb)

    eat intermittently; take small bites of

    "He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nibble(verb)ˈnɪb əl

    to eat using very small bites

    a rabbit nibbling on a carrot; She nibbled her sandwich.


  1. nibble(Noun)

    A unit of memory equal to half a byte, or four bits.

  2. Origin: Perhaps from nibbeln.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nibble(verb)

    to bite by little at a time; to seize gently with the mouth; to eat slowly or in small bits

  2. Nibble(verb)

    to bite upon something gently or cautiously; to eat a little of a thing, as by taking small bits cautiously; as, fishes nibble at the bait

  3. Nibble(noun)

    a small or cautious bite


  1. Nibble

    In computing, a nibble is a four-bit aggregation, or half an octet. As a nibble contains 4 bits, there are sixteen possible values, so a nibble corresponds to a single hexadecimal digit. A full byte is represented by two hexadecimal digits; therefore, it is common to display a byte of information as two nibbles. The nibble is often called a "semioctet" or a "quartet" in a networking or telecommunication context. Sometimes the set of all 256 byte values is represented as a table 16×16, which gives easily readable hexadecimal codes for each value.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small bite

Have a nibble of this cake.

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