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[neb] /nɛb/
noun, Scot.
a bill or beak, as of a bird.
the nose, especially of an animal.
the tip or pointed end of anything.
the nib of a pen.
Obsolete. a person's mouth.
Origin of neb
before 900; Middle English nebbe, Old English nebb, cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German nebbe, Old Norse nef. See nib


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  • Hampton, Barney, and neb Dumlow were the only men who sailed with us again.

    Sail Ho! George Manville Fenn
  • They had no news from neb, but were not uneasy on that account.

    The Secret of the Island W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
  • The pleasure of Harding on seeing his servant, and the joy of neb at finding his master, can scarcely be described.

    The Mysterious Island Jules Verne
  • The king was to his subjects nuter (divine), or neb (master).

    A Manual of the Historical Development of Art G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi
  • I reckon we could pry that plank up with the bench, neb, but it's liable to make considerable racket.

    Keith of the Border Randall Parrish
  • You can see your fly, and also the neb of a good trout as he breaks the water to suck him in.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • A smart rap on the shin accompanying these words, neb gave in on the instant.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • neb followed his recital with bulging eyes, and an occasional exclamation.

    Keith of the Border Randall Parrish
  • Your people are through with their work, and here comes neb to report the boat ready to go off.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • Guided by neb's pipe bowl, he touched the boy on the shoulder.

    Keith of the Border Randall Parrish
British Dictionary definitions for neb


noun (archaic or dialect)
(mainly Scot & Northern English) the peak of a cap
the beak of a bird or the nose or snout of an animal
a person's mouth or nose
the projecting part or end of anything
  1. a peak, esp in N England
  2. a prominent gritstone overhang
Word Origin
Old English nebb; related to Old Norse nef, Old High German snabul (German Schnabel)


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Word Origin and History for neb

"beak or bill of a bird," Old English nebb "beak, nose; face, countenance; beak-shaped thing," common Germanic (cf. Old Norse nef "beak, nose," Middle Dutch nebbe "beak," Old High German snabul, German Schnabel "beak," Old Frisian snavel "mouth"), of uncertain origin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for neb



A person without charm, interesting qualities, talent, etc; wimp: ''Nebbish'' is simply the one in the crowd that you always forget to introduce/ Don't be a nebbish/ poor little nebs like Julian

[1941+; fr Yiddish fr Czech neboky]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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