Dine vs Nibble - What's the difference?

dine | nibble |

As nouns the difference between dine and nibble

is that dine is while nibble is a small, quick bite taken with the front teeth or nibble can be (computing) a unit of memory equal to half a byte, or four bitshttp://foldocorg/nibble.

As a verb nibble is

to eat with small, quick bites.




  • to eat; to eat dinner or supper
  • (obsolete) To give a dinner to; to furnish with the chief meal; to feed.
  • A table massive enough to have dined Johnnie Armstrong and his merry men. — Sir Walter Scott.
  • (obsolete) To dine upon; to have to eat.
  • What wol ye dine ? — Chaucer.


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    Etymology 1

    Perhaps from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A small, quick bite taken with the front teeth.
  • (in the plural, nibbles) Small snacks such as crisps/potato chips or nuts, often eaten to accompany drinks.
  • Derived terms
    * nibbly


  • To eat with small, quick bites.
  • The rabbit nibbled the lettuce.
  • * 2 November 2014 , Alex James in (The Guardian), The day I came face-to-face with a tiger
  • *:Giant parrots nibbled seed from the children's fingertips and my sister peeled a couple of satsumas for the lemurs.
  • * 1911 , (Rudyard Kipling), Big Steamers
  • *:"For the bread that you eat and the biscuits you nibble ,
  • *:The sweets that you suck and the joints that you carve,
  • *:They are brought to you daily by all us Big Steamers--
  • *:And if anyone hinders our coming you'll starve!"
  • To bite lightly.
  • He nibbled at my neck and made me shiver.
  • To consume gradually.
  • * 11 May 2011 , Ann Carrns in The (New York Times), Prepaid Cards Subject Jobless to Host of Fees
  • *:A report out this week from the National Consumer Law Center lays out a host of ways in which banks nibble away at jobless benefits with fees the center called “junk.”
  • Etymology 2

    From nibble', punning on the homophony of '''byte''' and ' bite

    Alternative forms

    * nybble


    (en noun)
  • (computing) A unit of memory equal to half a byte, or four bits.http://foldoc.org/nibble
  • * 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.