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[nib-lik] /ˈnɪb lɪk/
noun, Golf.
a club with an iron head, the face of which has the greatest slope of all the irons, for hitting the ball with maximum loft.
Also called number nine iron.
Origin of niblick
1855-60; perhaps nibble + -ick, variant of -ock Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The niblick, from long practice in the bunkers, is 'is club.

  • You will hardly get it away with a brassy; if I were you I should play my niblick.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • His niblick shot was too strong, but he laid his fifth dead to the hole, giving me two for a win.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • He's the fellow that went to the Barren Lands with a niblick.

    The Seven Darlings Gouverneur Morris
  • It does not get trodden down and hacked out of existence by a niblick as the faint-hearted whin does.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
  • And he went to the Barren Lands, armed only with his niblick and a camera.

    The Seven Darlings Gouverneur Morris
  • E drove wiv that niblick, and 'e played 'is many shots through the green wiv it.

  • That was where Windy dropped the niblick and jumped at him, and Cupid was correct about the coyote.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • It would be justifiable homicide if he wound up his pitiable exhibition by applying his niblick to your head.

  • Of iron clubs there were the cleek, the iron and the niblick.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for niblick


(golf) (formerly) a club, a no. 9 iron, giving a great deal of lift
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for niblick

golf club with a heavy head, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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