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nibs

[nibz] /nɪbz/
noun
1.
his/her nibs, Informal: Often Facetious. a person in authority, especially one who is demanding and tyrannical:
His nibs wants fresh strawberries in December.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; origin uncertain

nib

[nib] /nɪb/
noun
1.
the point of a pen, or either of its divisions.
2.
a penpoint for insertion into a penholder.
3.
a point of anything:
a cutting tool with a diamond nib.
4.
a bill or beak, as of a bird; neb.
5.
any pointed extremity.
6.
Metallurgy.
  1. a piece of sintered tungsten carbide used as a die for drawing wire or the like.
  2. (in powder metallurgy) a compact at any stage of its manufacture.
Origin
1575-85; perhaps variant of neb; compare Dutch nib, Middle Low German nibbe (variant of nebbe) beak, Old Norse nibba sharp point. See nibble
Related forms
niblike, adjective
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Examples from the web for nibs
  • But she was up for dessert-butterscotch pudding with cocoa nibs, ricotta toast, and a blondie.
  • Seven technicians in starched white lab coats repair gold nibs on fountain pens or casings on ballpoints that owners have sent in.
British Dictionary definitions for nibs

nibs

/nɪbz/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) (slang) his nibs, a mock title used of someone in authority
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

nib

/nɪb/
noun
1.
the writing point of a pen, esp an insertable tapered metal part with a split tip
2.
a point, tip, or beak
3.
(pl) crushed cocoa beans
verb (transitive) nibs, nibbing, nibbed
4.
to provide with a nib
5.
to prepare or sharpen the nib of
Derived Forms
niblike, adjective
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: beak): origin obscure; compare Northern German nibbe tip. See neb, nibble
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Word Origin and History for nibs
n.

especially in His Nibs "boss, employer, self-important person," 1821, of unknown origin; perhaps a variant of nob "person of high position."

nib

n.

1580s, "beak or bill of a bird," Scottish variant of Old English neb (see neb). Meaning "point" (of a pen or quill) first recorded 1610s.

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nibs in Medicine

nib (nĭb)
n.
The smooth or serrated portion of a dental instrument that comes into contact with restorative material being condensed.

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Slang definitions & phrases for nibs

nibs

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tough shit


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Related Abbreviations for nibs

NIB

  1. National Industries for the Blind
  2. Nordic Investment Bank
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