nibs

[nibz]
noun
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:
1815–25; origin uncertain

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nib

[nib]
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.
a.
a piece of sintered tungsten carbide used as a die for drawing wire or the like.
b.
(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

niblike, adjective
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nib (nɪb)
 
n
1.  the writing point of a pen, esp an insertable tapered metal part with a split tip
2.  a point, tip, or beak
3.  (plural) crushed cocoa beans
 
vb , nibs, nibbing, nibbed
4.  to provide with a nib
5.  to prepare or sharpen the nib of
 
[C16 (in the sense: beak): origin obscure; compare Northern German nibbe tip. See neb, nibble]
 
'niblike
 
adj

nibs (nɪbz)
 
n
slang (functioning as singular) his nibs a mock title used of someone in authority
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

nib
1585, "beak or bill of a bird," Scot. variant of O.E. neb, from P.Gmc. *nabjan (see neb). Meaning "point" (of a pen or quill) first recorded 1611.

nibs
esp. in His Nibs "boss, employer, self-important person," 1821, of unknown origin.
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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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Abbreviations & Acronyms
NIB
  1. National Industries for the Blind

  2. Nordic Investment Bank

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Example sentences
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.
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