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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for niblick
Historical Examples
  • You will hardly get it away with a brassy; if I were you I should play my niblick.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • Of the niblick it need only be said that it must be strong, heavy, and well lofted.

  • He's the fellow that went to the Barren Lands with a niblick.

    The Seven Darlings Gouverneur Morris
  • And he went to the Barren Lands, armed only with his niblick and a camera.

    The Seven Darlings Gouverneur Morris
  • Arriving at the bunker Henry armed himself with his niblick.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • That was where Windy dropped the niblick and jumped at him, and Cupid was correct about the coyote.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • Of iron clubs there were the cleek, the iron and the niblick.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
  • Then with a resolute quiet action, he broke his niblick across his knee.

    The Gay Adventure Richard Bird
  • His head was broken, and near him was his niblick, red with blood.

    Devil Stories Various
  • The niblick, from long practice in the bunkers, is 'is club.

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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