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nibble at something

to take tiny bites of some kind of food. The children nibbled at their dinner because they had eaten too much candy. Stop nibbling at that candy.
See also: nibble

nibble away at something

to eat at something in tiny bits; to erode away tiny bits of something. The waves nibbled away at the base of the cliff, year after year. The mice nibbled away at the huge wheel of cheese.
See also: away, nibble

nibble at

1. To eat something by taking small bites: The mice have been nibbling at the curtains.
2. To eat a small amount of something, especially unenthusiastically: She only nibbled at her peas.
3. To bite something but not break the surface; nip at something: My date nibbled at my ear during the movie.
See also: nibble

nibble on

1. To eat something by taking small, quick bites, often as a snack or a light meal: Dinner wasn't for another two hours, so I nibbled on some potato chips. The rabbit nibbled on a carrot.
2. To bite something but not break the surface: Nervously, I nibbled on my pencil's eraser during the test.
See also: nibble, on


1. n. a cautious or preliminary response to something. (see also nybble.) My advertisement got three nibbles this morning.
2. in. to reply cautiously or tentatively to something. I hope someone who wants to buy my car nibbles at the description I posted on the Internet.
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Nibbling on the foods gives the addict a wide range of vitamins, minerals, chemicals and proteins that add to overall well-being.
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They have even been nibbling young fruit trees and farmers in some areas, say the damage is serious.
It wasn't long before he was perched on my shoulder and nibbling my ears.
So if temperatures are starting to rise, try nibbling at his earlobes.
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Simmons was nibbling on duck for dinner when she started to choke.
Because the stock market is short-term oversold, Dennis wants investors to do a little nibbling at these levels.
It did stop me nibbling though, and my nails were longer and harder after a week.
Andrea pressed on with her bulletin with the midges still nibbling at her hands.
Dressed to kill and nibbling on a feast personally prepared by Wolfgang Puck, Hollywood Al charmed the celebrity audience, including executives from DreamWorks, Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema.
The birds provide a dry-land counterpart to the other much-discussed vertebrate mutualism, small fish nibbling parasites off bigger species at cleaning stations on reefs.
The zesty visit to the zoo is enhanced by classical music and the occasional computer-animated sequence, but it's the spirited menagerie that carries the day, from cavorting monkeys to the giant panda nibbling on bamboo.
Nibbling on the other side causes him to mimic the Red Queen's request ``off with their heads,'' which reflects his attitude toward abortion.