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verb nibble pronunciation in American English /ˈnɪb(ə)l/ 
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present tense
present participlenibbling
past tensenibbled
past participlenibbled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to bite the surface of something gently several times

    The parrot was nibbling her ear.

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    1. a.
      to eat something by taking a lot of small bites

      Sheep were nibbling the grass.

      nibble at/on:

      Mel was nibbling on a chocolate cookie.

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