- 1[transitive, intransitive] to take small bites of something, especially food nibble something We sat drinking wine and nibbling olives. He nibbled her ear playfully. nibble (at/on something) She took some cake from the tray and nibbled at it.
- 2[intransitive] nibble (at something) to show a slight interest in an offer, idea, etc. He nibbled at the idea, but would not make a definite decision. Word Origin late 15th cent.: probably of Low German or Dutch origin; compare with Low German nibbeln
BrE BrE//ˈnɪbl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪbl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nibble
BrE BrE//ˈnɪbl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪbl//he / she / it nibbles
BrE BrE//ˈnɪblz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪblz//past simple nibbled
BrE BrE//ˈnɪbld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪbld//past participle nibbled
BrE BrE//ˈnɪbld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪbld//-ing form nibbling
BrE BrE//ˈnɪblɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪblɪŋ//