knibbeln

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally, and still chiefly, West Central German. Supposed to belong to knüpfen, regionally knüppen (“to knot”); but given the fact that the dialectal forms invariably have -bb- or -ww- a relation with knabbern (to nibble) seems much more likely.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈknɪbəln/
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Verb[edit]

knibbeln (weak, third-person singular present knibbelt, past tense knibbelte, past participle geknibbelt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (regional, chiefly western Germany) to scrape with one’s fingernails so as to remove something (e.g. a price tag)
    Synonyms: abkratzen; kratzen; (also West Central German) piddeln

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