Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “nibble”

See all translations

nibble

verb uk   /ˈnɪb.l̩/ us  
[I or T] to eat something by taking a lot of small bites: Do you have some peanuts for us to nibble while the party warms up? A mouse has nibbled through the computer cables. Jenny's hamster's nibbled a hole in the sofa. [T] to bite something gently and repeatedly: She nibbled his ear.
Phrasal verbs

nibble

noun uk   /ˈnɪb.l̩/ us  
[C] an act of nibbling something: Just take/have a nibble to see if you like the taste.nibbles [plural] UK informal small pieces of food that are eaten between or before meals, often with alcoholic drinks: I bought some crisps, nuts, and other nibbles. [S] an expression of interest in something: Our house was on the market for six months and there wasn't a single nibble.
Translations of “nibble”
in Korean 군것질하다…
in Arabic يَقْضُم…
in French grignoter…
in Turkish azar azar ısırıp yemek, dişlemek, kemirmek…
in Italian piluccare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 啃,小口咬, 反覆輕咬…
in Russian грызть, покусывать…
in Polish pogryzać, skubać…
in Spanish mordisquear, picar…
in Portuguese mordiscar, beliscar…
in German knabbern…
in Catalan picar…
in Japanese かじって食べる…
in Chinese (Simplified) 啃,小口咬, 反复轻咬…
(Definition of nibble from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of nibble?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “nibble” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

sail

When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More