Definition of nibs in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɪbz/


(his nibs) informal
A mock title used to refer to a self-important man, especially one in authority: his nibs expects things to be organized to suit him
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  • You know, news summaries scrawled with demands to have the Revenue set on reporters who said rude things about his nibs, enemies under the beds and loading up on lawyers.
  • With my resolve well and truly replenished, it was time to start work on his nibs.
  • Let me take you through the smoked glass door, and walk past the receptionist as she says, ‘If y'want 'im, his nibs is in a meeting.’


Early 19th century: of unknown origin; compare with earlier nabs, used similarly with a possessive adjective as in his nabs, on the pattern of references to the aristocracy such as his lordship.

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