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  1. a bill or beak, as of a bird.

  2. the nose, especially of an animal.

  1. the tip or pointed end of anything.

  2. the nib of a pen.

  3. Obsolete. a person's mouth.

Origin of neb

before 900; Middle English nebbe,Old English nebb, cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German nebbe,Old Norse nef.See nib

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Other definitions for Neb. (2 of 2)


  1. Nebraska. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use neb in a sentence

  • But the wind steadily rose, and by the time eight bells was struck, and neb announced dinner, the Adams was perceptibly gaining.

    Ralph Granger's Fortunes | William Perry Brown
  • Just as they got him to the door his black boy neb appeared, looking ashen with fright.

  • To aid my own eyes, I had called up Talcott and neb; but neither of us could obtain the least glimpse of the launch.

    Afloat And Ashore | James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for neb (1 of 2)


/ (nɛb) /

nounarchaic, or dialect
  1. mainly Scot and Northern English the peak of a cap

  2. the beak of a bird or the nose or snout of an animal

  1. a person's mouth or nose

  2. the projecting part or end of anything

    • a peak, esp in N England

    • a prominent gritstone overhang

Origin of neb

Old English nebb; related to Old Norse nef, Old High German snabul (German Schnabel)

British Dictionary definitions for NEB (2 of 2)


abbreviation for
  1. New English Bible

  2. (the former) National Enterprise Board

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