In the Cavour high school in central Rome, mice run through the halls, nibbling on open wiring and nesting in the lockers.
Mealtimes encourage appetite and togetherness, but the hours in between are also ideal for nibbling.
"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.