nibble

nibble
[[t]nɪ̱b(ə)l[/t]]
nibbles, nibbling, nibbled
1) VERB If you nibble food, you eat it by biting very small pieces of it, for example because you are not very hungry.

[V n] He started to nibble his biscuit...

[V at/on n] She nibbled at the corner of a piece of dry toast. [Also V]

N-COUNT
Nibble is also a noun.

We each took a nibble.

2) VERB If you nibble something, you bite it very gently.

[V n] John found he was kissing and nibbling her ear...

[V on/at n] Daniel Winter nibbled on his pen.

3) VERB When an animal nibbles something, it takes small bites of it quickly and repeatedly.

[V n] A herd of goats was nibbling the turf around the base of the tower...

[V at/on n] The birds cling to the wall and nibble at the brickwork. [Also V]

Nibble away means the same as nibble.

V P on/at n The rabbits nibbled away on the herbaceous plants.

4) VERB If one thing nibbles at another, it gradually affects, harms, or destroys it.

[V at n] It was all going to plan, yet small doubts kept nibbling at the edges of his mind.

Nibble away means the same as nibble.

V P at n Several manufacturers are also nibbling away at Ford's traditional customer base.

5) N-COUNT: usu pl Nibbles are small snacks such as biscuits, crisps, and nuts that are often offered to you at parties. [mainly BRIT]

Nibbles go down well with any age group.


English dictionary. 2008.

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