nibs


Also found in: Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.
Related to nibs: His Nibs

nibs

 (nĭbz)
n. Informal
A person in authority, especially one who is self-important. Used with his or her: His nibs says we must do it.

[Perhaps alteration of nob.]

nibs

(nɪbz)
n
his nibs (functioning as singular) slang a mock title used of someone in authority
[C19: of unknown origin]

nibs

(nɪbz)

n. his her nibs, Informal.
a person in authority, esp. one who is exacting.
[1815–25; orig. uncertain]
Translations

nibs

[nɪbz] N his nibssu señoría

nibs

n (hum inf) his nibsder hohe Herr (hum), → Seine Herrlichkeit (hum inf)
References in classic literature ?
You had to push your nib with the finger-nail so as to get the point of it over your opponent's, while he manoeuvred to prevent this and to get the point of his nib over the back of yours; when this result was achieved you breathed on the ball of your thumb, pressed it hard on the two nibs, and if you were able then to lift them without dropping either, both nibs became yours.
Don't ask me to play Nibs with you again," he said to Philip.
Next comes Nibs, the gay and debonair, followed by Slightly, who cuts whistles out of the trees and dances ecstatically to his own tunes.
All I remember about my mother," Nibs told them, "is that she often said to my father, `Oh, how I wish I had a cheque-book of my own
With the exception of Nibs, who has darted away to reconnoitre [look around], they are already in their home under the ground, a very delightful residence of which we shall see a good deal presently.
As the pirates advanced, the quick eye of Starkey sighted Nibs disappearing through the wood, and at once his pistol flashed out.
The countenances of Cynthia and Nibs were suddenly petrified into a stern and forbidding expression.
A young and rather scared looking nurse appeared with a bottle which she proffered to Nibs, who waved her towards Cynthia with the somewhat enigmatical remark:
He was also described quite incorrectly as the son of a man who had amassed a comfortable fortune in the manufacture of gold nibs and the Butteridge fountain pens.
said Faria, showing to the young man a slender stick about six inches long, and much resembling the size of the handle of a fine painting-brush, to the end of which was tied, by a piece of thread, one of those cartilages of which the abbe had before spoken to Dantes; it was pointed, and divided at the nib like an ordinary pen.
There was a window, and a table and a chair in the window, and upon the table stood a rusty inkstand, an ashtray, an old copy of a French newspaper, and a pen with a broken nib.
I was writing a series of articles upon prison life, and had my nib into the whole System; a literary and philanthropical daily was parading my "charges," the graver ones with the more gusto; and the terms, if unhandsome for creative work, were temporary wealth to me.