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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 of nibs
1815-1825
First recorded in 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
Historical Examples
  • There was a pen the nibs of which were of ruby, set in gold, made by Doughty.

  • Make half-a-pint of cocoa from the nibs, taking care to have it clear.

  • "He's broken the nibs," growled Ab., coming back with the pen.

  • The two tiny drawers in which she kept stamps and nibs were out and emptied.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • Well, while His nibs is absorbing the bad news, we'll go over this once more.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • "What a lark if there's a storm," laughed His nibs, removing a sandwich to say so.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • (nibs his pen—settles his inkstand—and gets his paper ready).

    Odd Volume Various
  • There was a penholder in the room, so what I needed was only nibs.

  • You can't do it, nibs,—you can't do it—you may have the spurt speed, but you haven't got the wind.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
  • No, Jimmy did not know of this strenuous course of nibs' training.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for nibs

nibs

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tough shit

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