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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

v.
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

v.
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

nibble

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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While kissing your partner try gently nibbling on their lips.
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.
Andrea pressed on with her bulletin with the midges still nibbling at her hands.
Nibbling on the other side causes him to mimic the Red Queen's request ``off with their heads,'' which reflects his attitude toward abortion.
Surgeons at the University of Missouri in Kansas City recently removed a 7-centimeter-long, tan, egg-shaped bezoar from the stomach of a 35-year-old man who admitted to nibbling and swallowing pieces of polystyrene (Styrofoam) cups.
HUNGRY civil servants have been told off for nibbling snacks left for MSPs during talks on the future shape of the Scottish Parliament.
This waterside rendezvous of frou-frou food fanciers finds health-conscious types munching on colorful strands of gravlax and cucumber or nibbling crab cakes nestled in pink grapefruit sauce.
Still, Giselle got her thrills in other ways, nibbling Leo's ear and enjoying a full-blown snog at half-time.
This waterside rendezvous of non-smoking frou-frou food fanciers finds health-conscious types munching on colorful strands of gravlax and cucumber or nibbling crab cakes nestled in pink grapefruit sauce.
Now security has been stepped up to prevent any more visitors from nibbling the displays.
In part two of our weight-loss special, she shows you how to cope if you are a chocolate- lover, or prone to nibbling.
With appetites satisfied, they'll be less nibbling on candy canes, Christmas cookies and other sugary stuff.
It also suggests that grazing, that faddish exercise in meal-taking that consists of nibbling several small dishes and skipping the entree altogether, has not gone out of style.
And as with Middle Eastern cuisines generally, the nibbling of appetizers is probably the best part of the meal.