nibble

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Etymology 1[edit]

Perhaps from Middle Low German nibbelen (to gnaw), akin to modern Low German nibbeln (to gnaw) and Dutch nibbelen (to nibble).

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Noun[edit]

nibble (plural nibbles)

  1. A small, quick bite taken with the front teeth.
  2. (in the plural, nibbles) Small snacks such as crisps/potato chips or nuts, often eaten to accompany drinks.
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nibble (third-person singular simple present nibbles, present participle nibbling, simple past and past participle nibbled)

  1. (transitive) To eat with small, quick bites.
    The rabbit nibbled the lettuce.
  2. (transitive) To bite lightly.
    He nibbled at my neck and made me shiver.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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From nibble, punning on the homophony of byte and bite

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Noun[edit]

nibble (plural nibbles)

  1. (computing) A unit of memory equal to half a byte, or four bits.[1]
    • 1993, Richard E. Haskell, Introduction to computer engineering (page 287)
      That is, the lower nibble (the 4 bits 1010 = A) has been masked to zero.
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  1. ^ http://foldoc.org/nibble