nibble

To nibble is to eat in tiny bites. If you nibble your chocolate chip cookie while your sister gobbles hers quickly, yours will last much longer.

Your pet rabbit probably nibbles on the carrots you give him, and he might even nibble, or bite very softly, on your fingers. Any one of these gentle or small bites can be called a nibble. The word probably stems from the Low German nibbeln, "to gnaw."

Definitions of nibble
1

v bite off very small pieces

“She nibbled on her cracker”
Type of:
bite, seize with teeth
to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws

v bite gently

“The woman tenderly nibbled at her baby's ear”
Type of:
bite, seize with teeth
to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws

v eat intermittently; take small bites of

“She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles
Synonyms:
pick, piece
Type of:
eat
take in solid food

n a small byte

Synonyms:
nybble
Type of:
computer memory unit
a unit for measuring computer memory

n gentle biting

Type of:
bite, chomp
the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws

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