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Examples of nabob in a Sentence
dressed conservatively so as to make a good impression with the nabobs on the co-op's board
Recent Examples of nabob from the Web
If Tebow does not in fact disagree with Jeffress on any of these points, then his decision looks like nothing more than craven capitulation to the nattering nabobs of negativism and intolerance.
My, oh my, sounds like a nattering nabob of negativity.
The incessant nattering of the nabobs back there in coach.
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Did You Know?
In India's Mogul Empire, founded in the 16th century, provincial governors carried the Urdu title of nawab. In 1612, Captain Robert Coverte published a report of his "discovery" of "the Great Mogoll, a prince not till now knowne to our English nation." The Captain informed the English-speaking world that "An earle is called a Nawbob," thereby introducing the English version of the word. Nabob, as it thereafter came to be spelled, gained its extended sense of "a prominent person" in the late 18th century, when it was applied sarcastically to British officials of the East India Company returning home after amassing great wealth in Asia. The word was perhaps most famously used by Vice President Spiro Agnew, in a 1970 speech written by William Safire, when he referred to critical members of the news media as "nattering nabobs of negativism."
Origin and Etymology of nabob
First Known Use: 1612See Words from the same year
Synonymsbig, big boy, big cheese, bigfoot, biggie, big gun, big leaguer, big-timer, big wheel, bigwig, fat cat, heavy, heavy hitter, heavyweight, high-muck-a-muck (or high-muckety-muck), honcho, kahuna, kingfish, kingpin, major leaguer, muckety-muck (also muck-a-muck or mucky-muck), big shot, nawab, nibs, nob [chiefly British], pooh-bah (also poo-bah), wheel
Antonymslightweight, nobody, nonentity, nothing, shrimp, twerp, whippersnapper, zero, zilch
Related Wordsbaron, czar (also tsar or tzar), king, lion, magnate, mogul, prince, tycoon; VIP
Near Antonymsinferior, subordinate, underling; mediocrity, obscurity
NABOB Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nabob for English Language Learners
: a very rich or important person
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