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Definition of nibble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    nibble

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent.: probably of Low German or Dutch origin; compare with Low German nibbeln ‘gnaw’. Phrasal Verbsnibble away at something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nibble

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