nib|ble1 [ˈnıbəl] v
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Perhaps from Low German nibbeln 'to chew bits off']
1.) [I and T]
to eat small amounts of food by taking very small bites
He nibbled the biscuit cautiously.
nibble at
There's a fish nibbling at my bait.
nibble on
He nibbled on a piece of raw carrot.
2.) [T]
to gently bite someone in a loving way
He began to nibble her ear affectionately.
nibble away at [nibble away at sth] phr v
to take away small amounts of something so that the total amount is gradually reduced
All these expenses are nibbling away at our savings.
The Scottish National Party is at last beginning to nibble away at Labour's huge majority.
nibble 2
nibble2 n
1.) a small bite of something
nibble of
She took a nibble of her cookie.
2.) nibbles [plural] informal
small things to eat, like ↑crisps and ↑peanuts, especially at a party
3.) a small amount of interest in something
We've had the house on the market for a month and not even had a nibble yet.

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