plural in form but singular in construction
: an important or self-important person
usually used in the phrases his nibs or her nibs as if a title of honor

Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nibs was circa 1821

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“Nibs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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