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NIBBLE, verb transitive [from nib.]

1. To bite by little at a time; to eat slowly or in small bits. So sheep are said to nibble the grass.

2. To bite, as a fish does the bait; to carp at; just to catch by biting.

NIBBLE, verb intransitive

1. To bite at; as, fishes nibble at the bait.

2. To carp at; to find fault; to censure little faults.

Instead of returning a full answer to my book, he manifestly nibbles at a single passage.

NIBBLE, noun A little bite, or seizing to bite.