Definitions for nibbleˈnɪb əl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
nib•bleˈnɪb əl(v.; n.)-bled, -bling
(v.i.)to bite off small bits:
to nibble on a cracker.
to eat or chew in small bites.
to bite lightly or gently.
(v.t.)to bite off or take small bits of (something).
to eat by biting off small pieces.
to bite gently.
nibble (away) at,to cause to decrease or diminish bit by bit.
Category: Verb Phrase
(n.)a small piece bitten off; morsel or bite.
an act or instance of nibbling.
a response by a fish to bait on a fishing line.
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
a small byte
bite off very small pieces
"She nibbled on her cracker"
"The woman tenderly nibbled at her baby's ear"
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
to eat using very small bites
a rabbit nibbling on a carrot; She nibbled her sandwich.
A unit of memory equal to half a byte, or four bits.
Origin: Perhaps from nibbeln.
to bite by little at a time; to seize gently with the mouth; to eat slowly or in small bits
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
a small or cautious bite
Translations for nibble
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a small bite
Have a nibble of this cake.
- قَضْمَه صَغيرَهArabic
- mordidinhaPortuguese (BR)
- der HappenGerman
- lille bidDanish
- μικρή δαγκωνιάGreek
- väike suutäisEstonian
- تکه کوچکFarsi
- נְגִיסָה קְטָנָהHebrew
- कुतरने का कार्यHindi
- odgrizati komadićeCroatian
- nart, smábitiIcelandic
- morsetto, piccolo morsoItalian
- 한 번 물어뜯는 양Korean
- kąsnelis, lengva užkandaLithuanian
- klein hapjeDutch
- تکه کوچکPersian
- كوچنى ټوټۀPashto
- muşcătură, gurăRomanian
- чуточка, кусочекRussian
- liten bit, smulaSwedish
- 啃一口Chinese (Trad.)
- обгризання; відкушуванняUkrainian
- چھوٹا لقمہUrdu
- sự gặmVietnamese
- 咬一口Chinese (Simp.)
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