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  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

First recorded in 1690–1700; perhaps variant of knob
Can be confusedknob nob


noun Chiefly British Slang.
  1. a person of wealth or social importance.

Origin of nob2

1745–55; earlier knabb (Scots), nab; of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for nobs

Historical Examples

  • There was the big boatswain too, and there were two of the nobs with the gold bands.

    Up The Baltic

    Oliver Optic

  • The bait, encumbered by some nobs of lead, fell with a jerk into the sea.

  • "I wonder what the nobs has for supper," said the young one pensively.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Lottie says, 'I know who sent these,' and so on and so on, and his Nobs gets off.

    People You Know

    George Ade

  • "The sun is yet high, let's go over and see the house of his nobs," gayly proposed Billy.

British Dictionary definitions for nobs


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


  1. slang, mainly British a person of social distinction
Derived Formsnobby, adjectivenobbily, adverb

Word Origin

C19: of uncertain origin


  1. slang the head

Word Origin

C17: perhaps a variant of knob


  1. a variant spelling of knob (def. 4) taboo
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Word Origin and History for nobs



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

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