his nibs
Nib Nib (n[i^]b), n. [A variabt of neb.] 1. A small and pointed thing or part; a point; a prong. ``The little nib or fructifying principle.'' --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The bill or beak of a bird; the neb. [1913 Webster]

3. The points of a pen; also, the pointed part of a pen; a short pen adapted for insertion in a holder. [1913 Webster]

4. One of the handles which project from a scythe snath; also, [Prov. Eng.], the shaft of a wagon. [1913 Webster]

5. pl. See {his nibs}, below. [PJC]

{his nibs} Someone who gives a command or makes a demand, often one who acts in a self-important manner, sometimes one with authority; -- used mockingly as a jocose term, as if a title of honor, but not usually in the presence of the person referred to, and usually indicating resentment or contempt. [Colloq.] [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • his nibs — a man who acts high class, His Royal Highness    We were having fun till his nibs walked in and told us to be quiet …   English idioms

  • his nibs — noun Mock title used to refer to an authoritative, bossy or demanding person. Do you know what time His Nibs will be arriving? …   Wiktionary

  • his nibs — informal a mock title used to refer to a self important man. → nibs …   English new terms dictionary

  • His nibs — 1. arrogant or self important man; 2. boss …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • his nibs — Australian Slang 1. arrogant or self important man; 2. boss …   English dialects glossary

  • his nibs — Noun. A jocular and mocking title given to a self important person. Informal …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • his nibs —  Any important individual. [Facet.] …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • nibs — (n[i^]bz), n. pl. See {his nibs} under {nib}, n. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nibs — noun (his nibs) informal a mock title used to refer to a self important man. Origin C19: of unknown origin. nibs shelled and crushed coffee or cocoa beans. → nib …   English new terms dictionary

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