imperfect & past participle Nibbled; present participle & verbal noun Nibbling.; Confer Nip.
To bite by little at a time; to seize gently with the mouth; to eat slowly or in small bits. Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep. (Shakespeare)
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. Instead of returning a full answer to my book, he manifestly falls a- nibbling at one single passage. Tillotson.
A small or cautious bite.
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nibble (plural nibbles) A small, quick bite taken with the front teeth. (in the plural, nibbles) Small snacks such as crisps/potato chips or nuts, often eaten to accompany drinks.
nibble (third-person singular simple present nibbles, present participle nibbling, simple past and past participle nibbled) (transitive) To eat with small, quick bites. The rabbit nibbled the lettuce. (transitive) To bite lightly. He nibbled at my neck and made me shiver.
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