Definition of Nibble

1. Noun. A small byte.

Exact synonyms: Nybble
Generic synonyms: Computer Memory Unit
Group relationships: Byte

2. Verb. Bite off very small pieces. "She nibbled on her cracker"
Generic synonyms: Bite, Seize With Teeth
Derivative terms: Nibbler

3. Noun. Gentle biting.
Generic synonyms: Bite, Chomp

4. Verb. Bite gently. "The woman tenderly nibbled at her baby's ear"
Generic synonyms: Bite, Seize With Teeth

5. Verb. Eat intermittently; take small bites of. "They nibble more bread"; "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"
Exact synonyms: Pick, Piece
Generic synonyms: Eat
Derivative terms: Nibbler, Piece

Definition of Nibble

1. v. t. To bite by little at a time; to seize gently with the mouth; to eat slowly or in small bits.

2. v. t. 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. n. A small or cautious bite.

Definition of Nibble

1. Noun. A small, quick bite taken with the front teeth. ¹

2. Noun. (in the plural nibbles) Small snacks such as crisps/potato chips or nuts, often eaten to accompany drinks. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To eat with small, quick bites. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To bite lightly. ¹

5. Noun. (computing) A unit of memory equal to half a byte, or four bits. ¹

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Definition of Nibble

1. to eat with small bites [v -BLED, -BLING, -BLES]

Medical Definition of Nibble

1. 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) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nibble

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Literary usage of Nibble

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Winston Readers by Sidney Grant Firman, Ethel Maltby Gehres (1918)
"At last one little mouse named nibble went softly down the stairs. ... nibble looked at her and she looked at him. He did not move and she did not move. ..."

2. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"... nibble ; to nick ; to nim ; to nip ; to palm ; to parlor-jump ; to pay with a hook ; to pinch ; to poach ; to poll ; to pug ; to pull ; to purchase ..."

3. Trails and Tramps in Alaska and Newfoundland by William S. Thomas (1913)
"A nibble at the apple, the trap is sprung, and the noose tightens around his neck, dangling little cottontail in the air just low enough for his hind feet ..."

4. The Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia: Commercial by Edward Balfour (1885)
"A deer will now and then come from the forest and nibble the tope of the young trees. The Leaf Disease, or Coffee Leaf Disease, of the coffee plant seems ..."

5. The Gordon Readers by Emma K. Gordon, Marietta Stockard (1917)
""Good rat, nibble that stick. It won't hit the dog. Dog won't bite my pig. Pig won't jump over the stile. But the rat would not. The old woman went to a cat ..."

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