Definition of nib in English:

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Pronunciation: /nib/


1The pointed end part of a pen, which distributes the ink on the writing surface.
Example sentences
  • Writing was done with nibs fitted into a pen holder.
  • An angled nib means the writer can always see the writing - a particular boon for left-handers - and the hand stays in a better position, the inventor claims.
  • At this, Ian pressed his pen so hard into the surface of the paper that he broke his nib.
1.1A pointed or projecting part of an object.
Example sentences
  • That's not a problem - all of Lomi Design's wardrobes are made to order and can be customised to suit your space, whether it involves protruding chimneys, wall nibs, or sloped ceilings.
2 (nibs) Shelled and crushed coffee or cocoa beans.
Example sentences
  • In a small bowl, combine the cacao nibs and brown sugar.
  • Add the cocoa nibs and 5-spice powder while stirring constantly to coat.
  • When she asked what it was, I responded ‘Homemade marshmallows, roasted peanuts and cocoa nibs enrobed in dark chocolate’, a dark mood crossed her face.
2.1Small pieces of caramel, licorice, or other sweets.
Example sentences
  • Drinks and nibs at the Glassblower, which I'd not been to for… oh, I don't know, probably five years.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'beak, nose'): probably from Middle Dutch nib or Middle Low German nibbe, variant of nebbe 'beak' (see neb).

Words that rhyme with nib

bib, crib, dib, fib, glib, jib, lib, rib, sib, snib, squib

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Syllabification: nib

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