Origin of neb
Definition for neb (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for neb
"You were born too soon, Pencroft," returned Neb, who only took part in the discussion by these words.Abandoned|Jules Verne
“I would fire on him as I would on a mad dog, Neb,” replied Pencroft coldly.The Secret of the Island|W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
"An' he was powerful sassy in the bargain," Holton went on, full of malice, hoping to make Neb suffer for defying him.In Old Kentucky|Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
As for the man at the wheel, Neb could have thrown him half-way up to the mizen-top, on an emergency.
Neb steered the ship, as one would have guided a pilot-boat.
British Dictionary definitions for neb (1 of 2)
noun archaic, or dialect
- a peak, esp in N England
- a prominent gritstone overhang
Word Origin for neb
British Dictionary definitions for neb (2 of 2)
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.