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nibbleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈnɪb·əl/
to eat something by taking a lot of small bites: [T] Ben stopped nibbling his apple. [I] Keep vegetables handy to nibble on.
You can nibble something by moving your teeth against it without eating it: [T] Fish were nibbling at their hands.

nibblenoun [C]

 us   /ˈnɪb·əl/
the act of eating something by taking a lot of small bites: fig. The real-estate agent says she’s gotten some nibbles for our house (= some people have expressed interest in it).
(Definition of nibble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"nibble" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈnɪb.l̩/
[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


uk   us   /ˈnɪb.l̩/
[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.
(Definition of nibble from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “nibble”
in Korean 군것질하다…
in Arabic يَقْضُم…
in Malaysian menggigit-gigit…
in French grignoter…
in Russian грызть, покусывать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 啃,小口咬, 反覆輕咬…
in Italian piluccare…
in Turkish azar azar ısırıp yemek, dişlemek, kemirmek…
in Polish pogryzać, skubać…
in Spanish picar, mordisquear…
in Vietnamese gặm…
in Portuguese mordiscar, beliscar…
in Thai เล็ม…
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…
in Indonesian menggigit…
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