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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from Low German nibbeln 'to chew bits off'

nibble

1 verb
     
nibble
Related topics: Food
nib‧ble1
1 [intransitive and transitive]DF to eat small amounts of food by taking very small bites:
He nibbled the biscuit cautiously.
nibble at
There's a fish nibbling at my bait.
nibble on
He nibbled on a piece of raw carrot.
2 [transitive] to gently bite someone in a loving way:
He began to nibble her ear affectionately.

nibble away at something

phrasal verb
to take away small amounts of something so that the total amount is gradually reduced:
All these expenses are nibbling away at our savings.
The Scottish National Party is beginning to nibble away at Labour's majority.

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