Will he nibble around the edges, or will he actually take on the oil companies?
Would he be able to nibble on foie gras, slurp fettuccine Alfredo, and sample chocolate mousse without putting on weight again?
But she would not nibble the feast now; and closing "The Daisy Chain," begun to unpack her handbag.
He had only meant to nibble, and here he was, fairly hooked.
And Oh, there is no thrill half so rapturous to the barefooted boy as the thrill of a nibble!
Her relative continued to nibble nervously at a bit of toast.
In the fourth inning, the Giants began to nibble at his offerings.
But we have lost our hats, nibble, and they were our best ones.
Not even a rat is left to nibble matches, for the animals must be affected in the same way that humans are.
Felicia blinked back the tears and began to nibble her breakfast.
"to bite gently," c.1500, perhaps from Low German nibbeln "to nibble, gnaw," related to Middle Low German nibbelen, Middle Dutch knibbelen "to gnaw," source of Dutch knibbelen "to cavail, squabble." Related: Nibbled; nibbling.
1650s, "act of nibbling," from nibble (v.). As "a small bite," from 1838.
/nib'l/ (US "nybble", by analogy with "bite" -> "byte") Half a byte. Since a byte is nearly always eight bits, a nibble is nearly always four bits (and can therefore be represented by one hex digit).
Other size nibbles have existed, for example the BBC Microcomputer disk file system used eleven bit sector numbers which were described as one byte (eight bits) and a nibble (three bits).
Compare crumb, tayste, dynner; see also bit, nickle, deckle.
The spelling "nybble" is uncommon in Commonwealth Hackish as British orthography suggests the pronunciation /ni:'bl/.