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(Historical Terms) (formerly) a Muslim ruling prince or powerful landowner in India. Also called: nabob
[C18: from Hindi nawwāb, from Arabic nuwwāb, plural of na'ib viceroy, governor]


(nəˈwɒb, -ˈwɔb)

a provincial governor in Mogul India.
[1750–60; < Urdu nawwāb < Arabic nuwwāb, pl. of nā'ib deputy, viceroy]
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Noun1.nawab - a governor in India during the Mogul empirenawab - a governor in India during the Mogul empire
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
governor - the head of a state government
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Sorry to be a nattering nabob of negativism and nth-degree stickler, but I noticed the last issue was chock-full of a particular grammatical misdemeanor which, for whatever neurotic reason, always makes me cringe: The unnecessary apostrophe.
In the spirit of a Barak Obama promise for 'Change' and to ostensibly try to please everyone - traditional nattering nabob art critics included - guest curator Francesco Bonami and Whitney senior curatorial assistant Gary Carrion-Murayari transformed, with a few standout exceptions, what is usually a messy and colorful cacophony of coloratura voices all fighting to be heard, into a relatively tame and well-ordered blue-haired lady.
However, despite those and other comments, she hasn't just been a nattering nabob of negativism.
But Agnew was using the words written for him by that nattering nabob of political PR, Bill Safire, before Safire became legit and Agnew un-lelgit.
Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, is a nattering nabob of negativism when it comes to the future of newspapers, and he was telling Brumback all about it.
Once again, the Chinese economy has defied the hand wringing of the nattering nabobs of negativism.
Boy are those nattering nabobs of negativism dogging Debbie "Boss" Wasserman-Schultz, capo of the DNC.
While the nattering nabobs blithely blather about Romney's trouble connecting with core conservatives, they miss the point that he sees quite clearly.
The rabbi gave a blistering Yom Kippur sermon advising his congregation "not to let our country be divided and polarized by those who use the technique of alliteration"an allusion to the Safire-penned speech for Vice President Spiro Agnew criticizing "the nattering nabobs of negativism.
Some nattering nabobs of negativism have found in this a sign that we are thinking about amending the charter.