- 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
- the point of a pen, or either of its divisions.
- a penpoint for insertion into a penholder.
- a point of anything: a cutting tool with a diamond nib.
- a bill or beak, as of a bird; neb.
- any pointed extremity.
- a piece of sintered tungsten carbide used as a die for drawing wire or the like.
- (in powder metallurgy) a compact at any stage of its manufacture.
Origin of nib
Related Wordsstick, marker, snout, hue, tint, tone, coloration, vestige, relic, speck, particle, whiff, fragment, smell, hint, element, strain, touch, remnant, shred
Examples from the Web for nibs
There was a pen the nibs of which were of ruby, set in gold, made by Doughty.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
Make half-a-pint of cocoa from the nibs, taking care to have it clear.Nelson's Home Comforts
"He's broken the nibs," growled Ab., coming back with the pen.The Grammar School Boys of Gridley
H. Irving Hancock
The two tiny drawers in which she kept stamps and nibs were out and emptied.The Green Rust
Well, while His Nibs is absorbing the bad news, we'll go over this once more.Skylark Three
Edward Elmer Smith
- his nibs (functioning as singular) slang a mock title used of someone in authority
- the writing point of a pen, esp an insertable tapered metal part with a split tip
- a point, tip, or beak
- (plural) crushed cocoa beans
- to provide with a nib
- to prepare or sharpen the nib of
Word Origin and History for nibs
especially in His Nibs "boss, employer, self-important person," 1821, of unknown origin; perhaps a variant of nob "person of high position."
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.
- The smooth or serrated portion of a dental instrument that comes into contact with restorative material being condensed.