nob

1
[nob]

Origin of nob

1
First recorded in 1690–1700; perhaps variant of knob
Can be confusedknob nob

nob

2
[nob]
noun Chiefly British Slang.
  1. a person of wealth or social importance.

Origin of nob

2
1745–55; earlier knabb (Scots), nab; of uncertain origin
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nob

1
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 for nob

C19: of uncertain origin

nob

2
noun
  1. slang, mainly British a person of social distinction
Derived Formsnobby, adjectivenobbily, adverb

Word Origin for nob

C19: of uncertain origin

nob

3
noun
  1. slang the head

Word Origin for nob

C17: perhaps a variant of knob

nob

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

nob

n.

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

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