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nob1

[nob] /nɒb/
noun
1.
Slang. the head.
2.
Cribbage.. Sometimes, his nobs. the jack of the same suit as the card turned up, counting one to the holder.
Origin of nob1
1690-1700
First recorded in 1690-1700; perhaps variant of knob
Can be confused
knob, nob.

nob2

[nob] /nɒb/
noun, Chiefly British Slang.
1.
a person of wealth or social importance.
Origin
1745-55; earlier knabb (Scots), nab; of uncertain origin
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  • Then Saul sent for Ahimelech the priest, and all his family and the priests who were in nob; and all of them came to him.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • Hob or nob is explained by him to mean "Will you have a glass of wine or not?"

  • She turned west and climbed the almost perpendicular blocks to the summit of nob Hill.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • That referred to my relative, who was always counted a “nob” in the village.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • The environment of childhood became a memory: the reality of life was comprised in the super-luxurious existence on nob Hill.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • When he've got a drop in his nob, it's always for singin' he is—an' that's the worst of him.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Nor did I even neglect nob Hill, which is itself a kind of slum, being the habitat of the mere millionaire.

  • “Come, doctor, let you and I hob and nob,” said the first-lieutenant.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
  • A nob was never nabbed for the sum you are, sir, and ever went to the wall.

    Henrietta Temple Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for nob

nob1

/nɒb/
noun (cribbage)
1.
the jack of the suit turned up
2.
one for his nob, the call made with this jack, scoring one point
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin

nob2

/nɒb/
noun
1.
(slang, mainly Brit) a person of social distinction
Derived Forms
nobby, adjective
nobbily, adverb
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin

nob3

/nɒb/
noun
1.
(slang) the head
Word Origin
C17: perhaps a variant of knob

nob4

/nɒb/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of (taboo) knob (sense 4)
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Word Origin and History for nob
n.

"head," c.1700, slang variant of knob (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nob

nob

noun

A rich and important person; swell

[1755+; origin unknown]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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