Nibble meaning

nĭbəl
The definition of a nibble is a small amount of food, or an expression of possible interest in something.

One bite of an apple is an example of a nibble.

A phone call back about a business plan you've been proposing is an example of a nibble.

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Nibble is to take small bites, or to eat little snacks between meals, or to wear away a little bit at a time.

When you take just a few small bites of cheese, this is an example of when you nibble.

When you grab a piece of an apple, then a few cookies as a snack between meals, this is an example of a nibble.

When you constantly find reasons to prove points in an argument, this is an example of how to nibble away at an opponent's argument.

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To take small or hesitant bites.

Fish nibbling at the bait.

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The act or an instance of nibbling.
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To eat (food) with quick bites, taking only a small amount at a time, as a mouse does.
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To bite at with small, gentle bites.
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To take small, cautious, or gentle bites.
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To bite at gently and repeatedly.
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To eat with small, quick bites or in small morsels.

Nibble a cracker.

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To wear away or diminish bit by bit.
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To show little interest in food by taking only small bites intermittently.
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A small bite, morsel, or quantity.
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The act or an instance of nibbling.
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Half a byte (four bits).
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Sometimes spelled nybble. 1. Half a byte. 2. A four-bit byte. (I swear that I don't make this stuff up.) See also byte, quadbit, and quartet.
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Half of a byte (4 bits).
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A small, quick bite taken with the front teeth.
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(in the plural, nibbles) Small snacks such as crisps/potato chips or nuts, often eaten to accompany drinks.
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To eat with small, quick bites.

The rabbit nibbled the lettuce.

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To bite lightly.

He nibbled at my neck and made me shiver.

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(computing) A unit of memory equal to half a byte, or four bits.
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A very small quantity, especially of food; a morsel.
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Origin of nibble

  • Middle English nebyllen Low German nibbelen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From nibble, punning on the homophony of byte and bite

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps from Middle Low German nibbelen (“to gnaw").

    From Wiktionary