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Etymology 1Edit

Unknown; verb sense c. 1790,[1] Shropshire dialect,[2] perhaps variant of chip.[3]


kibble (third-person singular simple present kibbles, present participle kibbling, simple past and past participle kibbled)

  1. To grind coarsely.
    kibbled oats


kibble (countable and uncountable, plural kibbles)

  1. Something that has been kibbled, especially grain for use as animal feed.

Etymology 2Edit

From German Kübel (pail), from Middle High German, from Old High German -chublī (in miluhchublī (milk pail)), from Vulgar Latin *cupia, from Latin cūpa.[4]


kibble (plural kibbles)

  1. An iron bucket used in mines for hoisting anything to the surface.


  1. ^ kibble” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  2. ^ James Orchard Halliwell (1847), “KIBBLE”, in A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century. [...] In Two Volumes, volume II (J–Z), London: John Russell Smith, [], OCLC 1008510154, page 493, column 1.
  3. ^ Century Dictionary, “kibble etymologies”, Wordnik
  4. ^ kibble” in Collins English Dictionary, 10th edition, London: Collins, 2010, →ISBN; reproduced on Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present.

Further readingEdit

  • kibble in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911