nibble


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nibble \Nib"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nibbled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Nibbling.] [Cf. Nip.]
   To bite by little at a time; to seize gently with the mouth;
   to eat slowly or in small bits.
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         Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nibble \Nib"ble\, v. t.
   To bite upon something gently or cautiously; to eat a little
   of a thing, as by taking small bits cautiously; as, fishes
   nibble at the bait.
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         Instead of returning a full answer to my book, he
         manifestly falls a-nibbling at one single passage.
                                                  --Tillotson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

nibble \nib"ble\, n.
   1. A small or cautious bite.
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   2. Hence: (Fig.) An expression of interest, often tentative,
      as at the beginning of a sale or negotiation process.
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